The Maggie B- A Delicious Picture Book

There is a story that I vividly remember my mother reading to me as a child. I can remember the sound of her voice as she read the text, and when I think about that book, I remember every page, how the book smelled and it also brings back memories of my mother’s hugs, her warmth and the time she spent reading to me.

The Maggie B by Irene Haas is the book and it is my favourite picture book, because it has so much meaning for me.

Irene Haas

Books are magical, I think; because of their power to connect us to moments in our lives.

 There is a part of the story where Maggie (Margaret) is cooking  a lobster and fish supper  for her  little brother James. For  dessert, she careful cuts ripe peaches in half, drizzles them with honey and cinnamon and bakes them in the oven. This scene is etched in my memory, as I remember thinking that there couldn’t be anything in the world, more delicious then baked peaches.

Last week I made this desert for my family  and it is a moment that I will remember. I’m not one to spend too much time in the kitchen. In fact I totally dread cooking. Mostly, because I’m not very good at it. I gave this recipe a try though, and that fact that my son loved it was really just icing on the cake. He asked where I got the idea to make them…like it was a stroke of genius on my part. I told him about The Maggie B, and he smiled and then asked if I knew of any other picture books with good dessert recipes. 🙂

Is there a book from your childhood that brings you wonderful memories?

Storytime with Jen goes to the Movies-Brave

This past weekend my son (age 11) and I had a movie date. We went to see Disney-Pixar’s Brave. I had high expectations and this movie met every single one of them. It was funny, and beautiful and heart warming. I loved hearing my son laugh out loud at the antics of Merida’s three little brothers. Be sure to see it in the theatre, I’m glad I did as I know that my TV would not have done the movie justice.
 What was an unexpected surprise was the short animation that came before the feature film.
La Luna:


Summary (from IMDB)
A fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions? 

This short was absolutely stunning.  Only 7 minutes, but powerful and really impacted both of us. I will never look at the moon in quite the same way. I really hope this will be a part of the Brave DVD when it releases. 

Just had to share my thoughts with you.

Childhood Dreams

Growing up, my Mom took me to the library every Saturday. I would borrow a stack of books for the week. I remember the smell of that library vividly, the sound of the stamping cards as they put them through the machine, the crinkling of the dust jackets as we put our books in the book bag. I’d take them home, take out all the date due cards and play librarian (for hours).

Years later, when I began working at a library I surprised my co-workers by tearing up as I stamped my first due date cards. I’m sure they thought I was silly, but for me it was the fulfilment of something that I had dreamed about.

I was checking out the website: Gone Reading and came across this:

It’s a Librarian play set and it made me think of those days growing up. Of course libraries have come a long way from date-due cards, and card catalogues but I still think its would make a lovely gift for a child who is as book crazy as I was:)

Be sure to check out the GoneReading Website too, lots of great gifts for book lovers and the proceeds from items sold go towards building new libraries and helping reading-related charities.