Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Once upon a time near Tulsa, Oklahoma,prospectors struck it rich in the oil fields.The wealth created jobs, raised buildings,and attracted newcomers from far and wide,seeking fortune and a fresh start. Text ©️Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustration ©️Floyd Cooper Carol Boston Weatherford, a skilled writer, has chosen to set the tone with a fairytale "once upon a … Continue reading Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Going Down Home With Daddy – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I was leafing through a pile of picture books (imagine that!), and found this gem. Daniel Minter's acrylic wash illustrations are vibrant and luminous in this 2019 Caldecott Honor book. They make me feel like I am peering through the translucent glass of time at a memory. Pure magic. On reunion morning, we rise before … Continue reading Going Down Home With Daddy – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Setting Fire to the Origami Crane – For Sarah Briggs Hoffmann

A little over a year ago, we gathered family and friends on an island in Muscongus Bay in Maine to celebrate Peter Hoffmann's (my father-in-law) life and bury his ashes in the island cemetery. It was a glorious day—sunny and warm—for a picnic, wine, and shared memories. Sarah, my mother-in-law, asked the kids to craft … Continue reading Setting Fire to the Origami Crane – For Sarah Briggs Hoffmann