Jonas lives in the community. Life is orderly and safe and predictable. But what if everything changed?
When the Pott family buy a rusty old motor car, their life goes from interesting to magical. But you have to discover the adventure of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for yourself.
Why do human beings read? What's the point? My six year old announced to his grandmother one day that "all Mom and Dad ever do is work and read." Aside from a few other basic activities like eating and sleeping, he isn't too far off the mark. We read a lot. Our house is full… Continue reading To Read, or Not to Read?
Blackberry Picking for Philip Hobsbaum Late August, given heavy rain and sun For a full week, the blackberries would ripen. At first, just one, a glossy purple clot Among others, red, green, hard as a knot. You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet Like thickened wine: summer's blood was in it… Continue reading A Walk Around the Block : Poem #6
Thimble Summer | Elizabeth Enright Awards: Newbery Medal For Garnet Linden, life on the farm is hard. It's always been hard. During the hottest summer Garnet can remember—while the barn is falling down, crops are dying, and the bills keep piling up—she finds a silver thimble that seems to change everything. Things start changing for… Continue reading Book Review: Thimble Summer
Why is there never enough of time? This week I had a wonderful opportunity to listen to a master teacher speak on the value of fairy tales and how they form the imagination. During his talk, he said something completely unrelated that made me pause. "Two things happen to you when you turn fifty. The first is that… Continue reading Ten Thoughts on Reading More
The Little Book Room | Eleanor Farjeon Awards: Carnegie Medal The Little Book Room goes beyond "once upon a time," and delivers a smart, engaging collection of short stories that are sure to delight adults and children alike. Unlike a traditional novel, this collection of stories treks through long and short jaunt of the imagination… Continue reading Book Review: The Little Book Room
Concord Hymn By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood And fired the shot heard round the world. The foe long since in silence slept; Alike the conqueror silent sleeps; And Time the ruined bridge has swept Down the dark stream which seaward… Continue reading A Walk Around the Block : Poem #5
Robert McCloskey is the storytelling spirit of New England. His pictures are sandy, wet, cool, crisp, and clear. They are the beating heart of the East Coast; and thus the soul of old America. To me, McCloskey is a kindred spirit of Norman Rockwell, decorating our lives with the American Spirit. He gives us all… Continue reading The World of Robert McCloskey
The Last Rose of Summer 'Tis the last rose of summer, Left blooming alone; All her lovely companions Are faded and gone; No flower of her kindred, No rosebud is nigh, To reflect back her blushes, Or give sigh for sigh. I'll not leave thee, thou lone one! To pine on the stem; Since the… Continue reading A Walk Around the Block : Poem #4