Celebrating Poetry Month this Perfect Picture Book Friday!

I came across a book of poetry written by Robert Macfarlane. I wasn’t able to see a preview of any of the poems online, and the illustration on the cover was the only illustration I could see. So, why did I want this book so much?  Because of this line from the opening page.

Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first, almost no one noticed–fading away like water on stone.

I ordered the book from my library and when it came in, I was awestruck by both the lyrical language chosen for each poem and the masterful illustrations. I read the poems again and again. I studied them, and I enjoyed them.

Every once in a while, I come across a book that touches me so deeply that I have to own the book so I can return to its pages whenever the mood comes.

For me, this is that book.

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Home Is A Great Place To Be

I don’t need to tell anyone that the world has changed or that I can’t wait for a state of mostly-safe and relatively-normal to return so I can greet friends with a hug or hang out at the library with a stack of picture books as I search for the perfect one to share with you.

Out in the world, everything has changed. 

Last week at the grocery store, a sign limited shoppers to one loaf of bread. I had arrived too late. The aisle for water also posted a one flat limit. Toilet paper? If I hadn’t been down to our last roll, I could have saved myself the drive to five stores to locate a package of this necessity which, from the state of the world, holds a value near gold. Shoppers around me grabbed anything remaining on the shelves and loaded their carts to overflowing. As I added ten cans of black beans and ten boxes of pasta to my cart, (don’t judge)  I formed an image of the Grinch and his dog, Max, with their heavily ladened sleigh, making their way back home on Christmas Eve. Continue reading