I saw on my most recent royalty statement that my book has been translated into Ukrainian! Would love to see that, although I definitely don't read Ukrainian, But I hope the kids who were sent the book from PJ Library enjoyed it! Budmo!
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Saturday, October 3, 2020
I just found out about a fabulous-ly fun contest called the FallWritingFrenzy. Here is my entry, based on one of the inspiring photos, 200 words or less.
THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM
Here they were again.
At the bottom of the stairs in the same place, the blanket, the open book and the cup of -
What exactly was in that cup anyway?
Marla thought about what had happened when she poured the liquid down the sink the last
time, the smell and those sounds. For a moment she thought she would be sick.
One thing for sure, she had to take care of it quickly before Margery saw it –
The last rays of the setting sun illuminated the yard. Yet Marla felt more than an autumn chill
creeping towards her. She shivered.
Last time she had bundled the items up in a box and left them by the river.
Yet here they were again, the same blanket, the same book, the same cup.
She remembered what Grandmother had taught her, “Things are not always what they seem.”
This time Marla picked up the book. She read the words on the page.
So that was it.
Sitting down on the bottom step she wrapped the blanket around her shoulders.
Then Marla took a sip from the cup.
Sunday, April 12, 2020
I think one of the reasons I'm thinking of this book is because of the old woman character. If I remember correctly (unfortunately I do not own a copy of this beloved book), she was so old that everyone had forgotten about her, and cranky in her loneliness. I've been thinking about people who are alone and forgotten during this pandemic and time of isolation, perhaps feeling cranky like the woman in the story. I know I would be feeling that way.
The story, by Louise Moeri, is enhanced by illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman. Her work and career are so astounding. I own several books which she illustrated, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, A Child's Calendar, A Child's Christmas in Wales and Peter Pan, but there are so many more. I'm sure there have been retrospectives of her work, but I've never been to one, and would love to see a show like that. She illustrated over 150 books, and won the Caldecott award, as well as being the first art director of Cricket magazine.
I once saw her speak, many years ago, and something that sticks in my mind is her work ethic. She mentioned that her daughter had once said that when she woke up in the morning, her mother was working on her illustrations, and when she went to bed at night, she was still working on them. I also remember her saying that she lived in Sweden for a time when she was young, and found out in the forests that elves and trolls and fairies really did exist.
I hope you take a look at her fabulous work. As for me, it's time to order a copy of Star Mother's Youngest Child. The original publication date is 1975, but there is a 2005 Anniversary Edition, fortunately. By the way, my copy of The Beast of Monsieur Racine should arrive next week!
Monday, March 30, 2020
Of course, I don't know that much about many of today's current children's writers and illustrators, but I'd be surprised if any of them were quite as colorful and original as he was. He was one of a kind.
Which is not meant to denigrate current artists. There are so many beautiful, splendid books. But some seem more earnest and serious than his were. Perhaps it's a generational thing. Picture books, like any art, are always growing and changing, and his books are from a different era.
I've been thinking that Molly, my eldest granddaughter, a kindergartner, would appreciate reading some. The Three Robbers is still available at our library (when it reopens after the pandemic), but I will have to buy a copy of The Beast of Monsieur Racine. I think that book will suit her imagination very well. I see that it is available on bookshop.org - yay!
My daughter has been reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books to her while school is out. Molly has taken to putting on a bonnet and walking around the backyard many times, to relive the two and a half mile walk Laura took before she went to school. I wonder what it will be like for Molly when school finally starts again, and if she will be able to complete her year of kindergarten. Of course I miss her and her sisters terribly, and her cousin, my one year old granddaughter, Annabelle. I hope I can visit them soon.
Meanwhile, I'll be here, reading, writing, and visiting old friends by phone, online, and in the pages of books.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
7:30 a.m. FaceTime with granddaughters, E., H. & M.
8 a.m. Make breakfast. Read newspaper. Do all crosswords and Jumble. Facetime with granddaughter A.
9 a.m. Take shower. Get dressed. Straighten up. Telephone a friend or family member to see how they are.
10 a.m. Turn on the computer. Emails, facebook, news.
Try to work.
11 a.m. Still trying to work.
Noon Eat lunch. Take a reading break.
1 p.m. Go out for a walk with husband. Stay six feet away from other walkers. Do not look at or talk to other walkers. Waving okay.
3 p.m. Teatime.
Facetime with granddaughters.
Second reading break.
4 p.m. Clean out a drawer or closer. Bemoan amount of stuff. Keep most of it
5 p.m. Computer
6 p.m. Watch the PBS Newshour. Thank you, Judy.
7 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Televison. Reading.
10 p.m. Go to sleep
4 a.m. Wake up and worry about the virus
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
There are many books which feature mice as main characters because, like children, they are small but mighty!