Saturday, January 14, 2012

Beginning the year with reading

It's the new year and already I am trying to catch up with many things. One was getting all the books Nettles have read the past few months onto her GoodReads account. I'm quite proud of all her reading achievements!



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hooray for Pippilotta!

I am a couple months late from posting this but alas, I am here now :) Last March we finished reading 'Pippi Longstocking' and it was a complete thrill! I grew up on the Pippi Longstocking movies so of course, when I found a 1959 paperback edition at our local thrift store, I was ecstatic. I couldn't wait to read it to Nat, knowing that Pippi and her crazy antics would be right up her alley.

I love all of her outrageous adventures from simple things with her two best friends, Tommy and Annika. Even in her unapologetic way of living, Pippi manages to keep herself in check (she has quite the logic on how she tells herself to go to bed). What I love most about Pippi is that she is strong (not just physically) in who she is and is not bothered on how others see her (though, she is a bit of a wreck at a tea party). She is courageous, inquisitive and tough but not without true feeling and sentiment.

We loved the Pippi book so much we netflixed the original movie and watched together laughing hysterically. I do hope Nat decides to be her for halloween as now she has officially made it to the possibility list. :)

In Addition--How awesome would this have been?:

Hayao Miyazaki's aborted anime film

In 1971, Japanese animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata had expressed great interest in doing an anime feature adaptation of Pippi Longstocking. The proposed project was titled Pippi Longstocking, The Strongest Girl In The World (長靴下のピッピ 世界一強い女の子 - Nagakutsushita No Pippi, Sekai Ichi Tsuyoi Onna No Ko). They traveled to Sweden, and not only did research for the film (they went location scouting in Visby, one of the major locations where the 1969 TV series was filmed), but also personally visited creator Astrid Lindgren, and discussed the project with her. Unfortunately, after their meeting with Lindgren, their permission to complete the film was denied, and the project was canceled. Among what remains of the project are watercolored storyboards by Miyazaki himself.[7]
(from Wikipedia)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

We'll have a thrifty books Christmas!

Yesterday I visited my local thrift store with pretty much one intent, books and I believe I have found some real gems! I came home so excited at the amount of books purchased (26 in all!) and the amount of vintage ones I scored on as well. Most of them will be wrapped as part of my daughter's Christmas presents. A couple of them are going to children of a friend of mine (she too, loves 'new' books from thrift stores). Here are some of the goods:

 This book I simply grabbed because I really enjoy the way it looked at me (yes, books can see me). It's from Penguin Books, Middlesex 1953. The pages are all brown tinted with age yet still is in quite good shape. This book is actually volume two from a set and begins with chapter nine: Christianity. I'm very pleased to have this as part of my collection.

 I also liked that it has a personal message written inside it's cover, dated 1958. For some reason, these human touches on books seem priceless to me because it tells me this book did have another life (or more). Who knows the people who bought it, read it, gave as a gift or received it as one.

 This next book I picked up immediately for my friend's sons. I went over to their house once and her youngest showed me a few of his favorite books and I think he will like this one as well.

 We love Eric Carle and do have a small collection on his books with us. This one, we did not have but soon on Christmas Day, it will officially join the pack.

 I immediately picked this out and put it in the cart. I knew I didn't even have to look at it right away to judge whether I wanted it or not. I was completely right with my first instinct. The book is from 1979 and it's filled with beautiful illustrations. When I showed my husband I was pleasantly surprised when he said he knew this book. Score!
 The inside of Ox-Cart Man. More history here. I think I'll begin collection old library cards too but I don't think I want to remove them from the books they are found in.

 Another delightful book that I will be giving to my friend. I almost want to keep it for myself it's so nice! It's also from 1979 and as the title says, is filled with facts and fables of various animals. The illustrations are beautiful (and some humorous) and I can't wait to give it to them.

 This one I will be pulling out on Christmas Eve. It is from 1977 and I love when you open it to the second page, the illustration shows a mother nursing a baby. You really don't find those 'kind' of books anymore unless it's specific to nursing or something so it was a nice surprise. I also enjoy how the illustrations setting was inspired by the illustrator, Elisa Trimby's favorite house on the Atlantic Coast of Cornwall England.


Pop up books! So much fun aren't they, you can't really pass them up. These two are not vintage but still has that feeling based on the illustrations. It seems that I have found two of the four that were published together so I must keep my eye out for Pinocchio and Peter Pan.


 A book from 1973 and adapted from a Russian story? I'm so there! I can't wait to read this one with Nat and enjoy the story as well as the beautiful color palettes of the birds and animals in it.


I had to have this one as well. From 1965, an instructional book for Campfire Girls. True to the time era, the illustrations are perfect with their white, blues, pink and corral colors. It is filled with great ideas and activities and I am sure my Brownie Girl Scout and I will make good use of it.

 From one little girl to another and now to my little girl too.

 She'll also enjoy that very popular book girl name of the sixties, Jane since it's her middle name.

 All of these books were found in really good condition. This one actually seems like it was hardly used at all. I am sure we can fix that by reading over and over the classic English fairy tales inside. What makes it even better is the illustrations are by Arthur Rackham along with Jessie Wilcox Smith.

 I love pretty and patterned book cover insides.

 One of my favorite illustrations in the book.

Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak are a must for our children's library. Especially since Sendak was one of my very first favorite illustrators. This one is from 1958.

 Not a true vintage book since it was published in 2003 but has the illustrations from 1965. It has a funny little tale and is practically brand new.

 Finally, we have Mathilda! Nat loves the movie and I can't wait to read the book to her. Also found was this paperback 1959 edition of Pippi Longstocking. I think every girl should know about Pippi, don't you? :)

 Lastly, I found a handful of Beatrix Potter books missing from our small collection. The Beatrix Potter sized ones (the smaller ones as I call them) were all a part of gift for a two year old boy more than ten years ago. Now, they are ours. :)

Soleil Moon Frye Reading MOUSE COOKIES & MORE to Benefit FIRST BOOK (@moonfrye)

Teatime: The Perfect Time For Sharing Family Stories

Bigelow Tea posted a nice article on Teatime and Storytelling for National Family Story Month (which was November but really, can be anytime of the year)! Get a cup of tea, click the link and read the short article which will encourage and inspire sharing more stories with the ones we love...

(artwork my own, littlebighead)