Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


When I was young, living in the South, there was nothing I liked better on warm summer nights than hunting "Lightning Bugs" (which is what we called Fireflies).  Are you lucky enough to live where there are Fireflies? If not, share this wonderfully entrancing video I found on Youtube with your kids and you'll feel like you're there...then go and find today's recommended books!

SAM AND THE FIREFLY, by P.D. Eastman. When Sam, the owl, teaches Gus, the firefly, to write words in the sky, cars crash, movies are free, and hot dogs are cold.
Sam and the Firefly

THE VERY LONELY FIREFLY by Eric Carle. The firefly buzzes off in search of companionship, but keeps following other lights by mistake--a candle, a flashlight, a lantern--and these in turn are all leading in the direction of a fireworks display. Finally, the lonely firefly finds the friends it is seeking--a dozen or more other fireflies (you child will love the surprise on the last page!)
The Very Lonely Firefly

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