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)

Friday, November 19, 2010


N.C. Wyeth is renowned for his illustrations of children's classics like Treasure Island, Robin Hood, and Robinson Crusoe. The paintings used to illustrate PILGRIMS are from a series of brilliantly sumptuous murals commissioned by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in the late 1940's, which bring to life the carefully researched text by well known children's book author Robert San Souci. (ages 8-12)

The Thanksgiving StoryAnother beautifully illustrated book about Thanksgiving:
THE THANKSGIVING STORY by Alice Dalgliesh, pictures by Helen Sewell.  Five illustrated chapters for ages 6 and up.  The story follows three Pilgrim children--Giles, Constance, and Damaris Hopkins--as they experience a trip on the Mayflower, settling in New Plymouth, being afraid of but then befriending some Indians, and finally sharing a feast together, each thanking God in their own way.

Who Is Coming to Our House?As the Thanksgiving holiday draws closer, the anticipation of getting our homes ready to welcome family seems to pre-occupy all of us. At our house, even our kids got involved with scrubbing, cleaning, and polishing.  In my Christmas book recommendation for today, the same thing is happening with some animals who are waiting for "someone" (Mary and Joseph)...WHO IS COMING TO OUR HOUSE?  by Joseph Slate, illustrations by Ashley Wolfe, is a sweet book for 3-6 year olds.  I love the black-line borders around the illustrations.

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