Posts Tagged ‘spring’
Monday, April 9th, 2012
Happy Spring to you all! I apologize for being so absent recently as I’ve been so crazy busy here at the store! I hope you’ll excuse the re-post of our bunny Picture Book Puzzler from last year. It’s an oldie but a goodie!
Can you name all of the picture books below based on the bunny illustration? Put your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back with the answers.
Monday, March 26th, 2012
Happy Spring! There’s one favorite classic children’s novel of mine that I re-read every year in the spring. Can you guess what book it is by the quote below?
“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like? You don’t see it in rooms if you are ill.”
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth…”
What a lovely and perfect way to describe spring. Do you recognize the book? Put your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back at the end of the week with the answer.
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
and then it’s spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead (Roaring Brook Press, 2012)
The colors in the letters of the title move from brown to green, and it’s not too much of a surprise that the book’s general colors follow likewise. Like the little boy, dog, and turtle at the center of the book, readers have to wait through a lot of brown ground to see more colors. But Erin Stead’s woodblock and pencil illustrations always convey warmth, and the robin’s egg blue back pages are sometimes seen in the varied sky. The boy who begins bundled up in hat, muffler, and mittens ends up barefoot and swinging from a tire over grass and the beginnings of flowers and vegetables he planted, with a delight we feel he well deserves. A perfect book for those of us who wait and watch for winter’s end!
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Monday, February 27th, 2012
We’re close to spring. I can feel it. This may very well be the most mild winter I’ve ever experienced. It’s not even March and already I can see little bits of green poking up in my flower gardens as my daffodils and tulips emerge. This has put me in a mood for the color green! So, for this week’s puzzler, I’ve collected ten green covers of popular picture books. Can you name each book from the small glimpse of its cover? Put your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back at the end of the week with the answers. Think spring!
What color puts you in the mood for spring?
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books).
A small white rabbit, thickly lined in lush dark green, scampers across the landscape scattering yellow and white flowers as he passes. As he hops over the grass, he wonders about what it would be like to be tall, or to flutter like a butterfly, or to be able to move like a rock; intermediary pictures depict his imaginations. Home again with Mother Rabbit to greet him, he wonders not at all who loves him. Henkes’ large splendid illustrations, designed for the very young, are aptly executed.
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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
As Mother’s Day approaches, I can’t help but share a picture book that is very special to me and my mother. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (Viking, 1982) is one of our favorite books to read about this time of year. Cooney’s delicate watercolors, rich hues of purples, blues and pinks, perfectly capture the misty Maine landscape when lupines are in bloom.
As a child, Miss Rumphius knew that she wanted to travel the world and see many exotic faraway places and then spend her old age living by the sea. Her grandfather reminds her there is something else very important she must do in her lifetime, as well. She must “do something to make the world more beautiful.” After traveling around the world, Miss Rumphius retires to a small house in Maine by the sea, but still can’t think of what she can do to make the world a more beautiful place. After planting her first lupine seeds and seeing how they naturally spread with the help of the wind and birds, bringing beautiful pastel blooms to the countryside, she finally gets an idea. With pockets of lupine seeds, Miss Rumphius sows and spreads the beauty of the wildflowers across the town and countryside so that years later, every spring and early summer, everyone can enjoy the beauty of the flowers.
This book was an instant favorite of my mother’s as she searched out picture books to read to her children and, in turn, it became a favorite of mine. It’s a quiet and cozy book, with a longer text than many picture books. Perhaps more contemplative than action-packed, it suited our two creative, nature-loving minds perfectly. We would read the book together and be taken to all the faraway places that Cooney’s delicate watercolors went – a tropical island, snow covered mountains, the rocky seaside of Maine. While my mother lived her whole life in Massachusetts, the coast of Maine always had a special draw for her and, like Miss Rumphius, I think she would like to spend her days by the sea. We both lived vicariously through this special picture book.
For Mother’s Day one year, I gave her a copy of Miss Rumphius (to replace the beat-up old version I had since commandeered for my own personal picture book collection) for reading to her grandchildren and for keeping in the new library of her very own Maine house. Yes, finally a house in Maine by the sea, made more beautiful by this Lupine Lady mother of mine.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!
Do you have a book that’s special between you and your mom? And for you mothers out there, is there one book that is particularly important to you and your child? Share with us in the comments below!
Thursday, April 21st, 2011
Image from Eric Carle's The Tiny Seed. Postcards $0.75
Hooray, it’s spring! Flowers are blooming, trees are budding, and I’ve already started planting seeds inside for my garden this summer. In celebration of Earth Day tomorrow and the beginning of the gardening season here in the Northeast, we’re giving away one of our very favorite books about flowers: The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.
With Eric Carle’s delightful and colorful paper collage, a tiny seed travels through the four seasons, blowing in the wind across fields, oceans and mountains until growing into a not-so-tiny flower in the spring.
We have TEN copies of the small mini edition of this wonderful book to giveaway to TEN lucky readers! All you have to do to enter to win a copy is leave a comment below before Friday, April 22nd at 12:00 pm EST. After that we’ll close the comments and announce the lucky winners. Good luck and happy gardening!
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Congratulations to our TEN randomly chosen winners! Hopefully these books will bring a little spring to your day. We’ll be in touch shortly with each of you to get shipping information. Happy Earth Day!
1. Kimberly Bloodgood
2. Cindy Gadaire
3. Natasha Garrepy
4. Cindy McGregor
5. Connie Harbison
6. Christine M.
8. Natasha Garrepy
Saturday, April 16th, 2011
What are you putting in your spring baskets this year? We’re filling ours with mini books (of course!), cute plush, and tiny must-have trinkets. Here’s a peek:
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Crockett Johnson
Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
Spring is Here by Taro Gomi
The Miniature World of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Baby Animals by Garth Williams
Pat the Bunny
Very Hungry Caterpillar Bubbles
Very Hungry Caterpillar Stickers
Very Hungry Caterpillar Bandaids
What books and toys make you think of spring?
Thursday, April 14th, 2011
One of our very talented and crafty booksellers, Lillian, made this gorgeous (and giant!) flower wall hanging made from our Eric Carle fabric, inspired by our favorite springtime book, The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. We love it so much we’ve put it on display on our Shop wall!
It definitely brings a burst of cheery brightness to the store, even on rainy days.
Inspired to make your own? Lillian used these fabrics:
Birds & Butterflies:
What else could you make with these beautiful fabrics?
Monday, April 11th, 2011
Spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming, songbirds are returning, and eggs are hatching. Let’s celebrate with a few favorite picture books about eggs. Can you name each of these books based on just the picture of the egg? Put your guesses in the comments below and for those curious, the answers will be posted in the comments on Friday. Good luck!