Freedom Soup – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I feel compelled to add my voice to those who are lauding FREEDOM SOUP! As you can see from the cover, it's not going to be your everyday dull, boring history lesson. This story will be a shared cooking and dancing celebratory experience, one where we learn how the slaves of Haiti overthrew their oppressors … Continue reading Freedom Soup – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Double-Crossed Hearts – #Valentiny Contest

Once again, I'm taking the plunge into Susanna Hill's Valentiny contest, where participants must write a story that is 214 words or fewer (title not included). AND this year, it must contain a character who is curious. They can be curious about anything. No illustration notes are allowed, so even though this is an exercise … Continue reading Double-Crossed Hearts – #Valentiny Contest

The Lost Forest – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I love learning things from nonfiction picture books, not unlike certain Jeopardy champions. In this case, the book asks the question:  "How do you lose a forest?" The author, aptly named Phylis Root, goes on to explain: You might think a forest would be hard to lose. But in Minnesota in 1882 a survey crew … Continue reading The Lost Forest – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

A Girl Called Genghis Khan – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF – Multicultural Children’s Book Day

In the spirit of multicultural children's book day AND Perfect Picture Book Friday, I decided to feature a book I love about a courageous woman, Ghengis Khan (aka Maria Toorpakai Wazir). What does Maria, a girl being raised in a rural area of Pakistan, do when she doesn't want to conform to Pashtun tribal culture … Continue reading A Girl Called Genghis Khan – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF – Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Nobody Hugs a Cactus – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Sometimes a book shows up in my hold stack, and I can't remember where I heard about it. But  I'm always grateful for the surprise. The book that arrived, NOBODY HUGS A CACTUS, took me down memory lane, and my university years in Tucson, Arizona, where I earned a degree in Industrial Engineering. It took … Continue reading Nobody Hugs a Cactus – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

a house that once was – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Is there a house, a house somewhere in your memory, that you recall as being haunted? One off  a dirt road that wound through the woods? One where the windows may or may not have been broken by a stray stone? The roof sagging, but still intact? Did you find this house in the woods … Continue reading a house that once was – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

SumoKitty – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Oh, it's good to be back, albeit a bit under the weather. But nasty cold aside, I'd like to share a recent library find. How could I resist those eyes? That topknot? Are you looking for something "fresh?" A book about cats, sumo wrestling, and never giving up just might qualify. Seriously. Let's start with … Continue reading SumoKitty – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Holiday Hiatus

The Christmas of Three Trees in memory of my father's passing (2013, Shot by my then 10-yr-old son) Wishing Everyone Snow (if you want it) Hope you're dancing like the Bay Bridge over untroubled water San Francisco Houses (yes, all the decorated trees are live) See you in the New Year! And watch out for … Continue reading Holiday Hiatus

Somewhere Else – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

Sometimes I fall in love with the strange beauty of a book. Its "je ne sais quoi." Such is the case for this lovely picture book created by Gus Gordon and edited by the legendary Neal Porter of Roaring Brook Press. Yes, the book is from 2017. Neal Porter is now making waves with his … Continue reading Somewhere Else – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

The Great Santa Stakeout – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

What do you get when you team up children's librarian Betsy Bird with Super Illustrator, Dan Santat? This! I was reminded of the time when our son was small, and he rigged up an infrared night camera triggered by a motion sensor. On Christmas Eve, my husband and I used the camera to take photos … Continue reading The Great Santa Stakeout – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF