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 16, 2013

Mystery Photo

Don't you think this sweet grandmother reading with her grandchild looks at home on my blog?  I'm guessing the photo is from the early 1900's; but who its subjects are will always be mystery...

You see, I just couldn't leave behind this old fashioned, cardboard mounted photograph after I found it in a little antique mall I was exploring with my Mom and my son on a recent trip to Bloomington, Indiana.  So it came home with me!

I've been trying to think of a caption for it. Which quote do you think best suits it? (they're all favorites!)

1- No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.  - C.S. Lewis

2- To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.  -Victor Hugo

3- There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book.  -Marcel Proust

4- At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book - that string of confused, alien ciphers - shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader.  -Alberto Manguel, A History of Reading

5- There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.  -Walt Disney

6- Richer than I you can never be - I had a [Grand]Mother who read to me.  -Strickland Gillian 

Ultimately, I guess the details of where, when, and who in regards to this precious photo don't really matter: reading with children is timeless and universally enjoyed!


  1. what a sweet photo and so perfect for you to come across! Im sure they'd be delighted to know a book lover like you rescued their photo :)

  2. Love it. And I think I like the first quote best.

    Here are some of my favs:

    "Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." -G.K. Chesterton

    "So, in this matter of literature for the young, the influence of the home teaching is enormous; all the school can do pales before it." -Richard Burton

    ‎"It is better to instruct a little child than to gather wealth for him." -St. Hervé of Brittany

    1. Thanks! Will have to add the 2nd and 3rd to my collection of reading quotes! The first one you mention is one of my all time favorites. :)