Reindeer Christmas

December 3, 2011

Tweet To tide you over while I work on my next post about our visit to the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden, I thought I would share a sweet way to bring some reindeer magic into your homes this year. I recently purchased Reindeer Christmas by Mark Kimball Moulton for my […]

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Arrivederci Picture Book Month …

November 30, 2011

Tweet Today we shall bit a fond farewell to Picture Book Month 2011.  Let’s show it out in style with a (nearly) wordless post and allow pictures to speak instead.

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Yes, Virginia: There Is a Santa Claus

November 29, 2011

Tweet Short and sweet is the order of the hour.  Two days remain until December, and that means two final opportunities to share a title in honor of Picture Book Month.  Today’s selection: Yes, Virginia:  There Is a Santa Claus by Chris Plehal illustrated by James Bernardin

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Tomie dePaola’s Holiday Picture Books

November 28, 2011

Tweet Lovers of Tomie dePaola may first want to visit my post on picture books for budding Italophiles in which I praise his Strega Nona series.  And, of course, I am not telling you anything you don’t already know when I rave about his much-beloved Christmas book Merry Christmas, Strega Nona:

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Christmas with the Pioneers – 11/27/11

November 27, 2011

Tweet If you haven’t read my post about my passion for all things “Little House,” you may want to deviate and read this first.  If you’ve already done so, then you are up to speed and will readily understand why I’ve selected the following books today in honor of Picture Book Month. Santa Comes to […]

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Christmas in the Country – 11/26/11

November 26, 2011

Tweet My second holiday-themed selection for Picture Book Month is: Christmas in the Country by Cynthia Ryland illustrated by Diane Goode

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The Magic Sceptre: The Legend of Blue Santa Claus

November 25, 2011

Tweet “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” ~ Henry Van Dyke Thanksgiving and its merriment are behind us, but do let the gratitude for life’s simple blessings fill your heart in the days to come.  As we […]

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A Thanksgiving Poem 11/24/11

November 23, 2011

Tweet Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. Like most of you, I will spend my day surrounded by my family, sampling dishes prepared lovingly, and tucking away memories of this special time to recall as the year progresses.  One simple tradition I have with my children is to read Lydia Maria Child’s poem Over the […]

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Ox-Cart Man – 11/23/11

November 23, 2011

Tweet Ox-Cart Man By Donald Hall Illustrated by Barbara Cooney Ox Cart Man was first published as a poem by Donald Hall in The New Yorker magazine on October 3rd, 1977.

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Picture Books for Budding Italophiles 11/22/11

November 22, 2011

Tweet Let’s cut to the chase … I am an Italian professor, and thus, I am a bit of a purist (read: snob) when it comes to books based on or set in Italy.  I’ll find one spelling mistake (biscottos) or a random incorrect fact, and I get right up on my horse, look down […]

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