Book Musings: The Little Piano Girl

March 17 2018:

The Little Piano Girl

The story of a little girl who loved music more than anything in the world. Mary Lou Williams began playing the keyboard at just four years old. When she was eight she became a professional musician.

“Jazz is created in the mind, felt in the heart, and heard through the fingertips.” Mary Lou liked to say.

We loved this story of a young girl that never lost sight or touch with what she knew and loved in her heart.

The Little Piano Girl Book 2016

Book Musings: Liang and the Magic Paintbrush

March 4 2018:

Liang and the Magic Paintbrush

An older DEMI book … from 1980. Yet, still so good.

This one is about a poor boy who receives a magic paintbrush and uses it for good deeds. This was before the illustrations in her books became so much more vivid with color. The illustrations are still amazing with beautiful detail.

Liang and the Magic Paintbrush Book 2016

Book Musings: On a Beam of Light

January 20 2018:

On a Beam of Light – A Story of Albert Einstein

Beautiful book about a boy who was endlessly distracted by the wonders of the world. When riding his bicycle as a boy, Albert Einstein, imagined himself traveling on a beam of light – a speed beyond imagining at the time.

We have enjoyed all the books written about Albert Einstein. Each has it’s own focus and they are all wonderful!

On a Beam of Light Book 2016

Staying Strong with the Once Per Week Library Volunteering

January 10 2018:

Today was volunteer day! Staying strong at keeping with our 2 hour a week commitment! Here’s Lillian pulling holds and pushing the cart. Instead of doing them together, now we divide the hold list and she’s pulling em by herself now!

We also may or may not accidentally find books we want to check out too! (That’s what the bottom shelf of the cart is for holding!! Right??)

Lillian Volunteering at Library 1.10.18 #1 Lillian Volunteering at Library 1.10.18 #2 Lillian Volunteering at Library 1.10.18 #3

Book Musings: Mountain Chef

January 6 2017:

Mountain Chef

Beautiful and colorfully illustrated book about Tie Sing. A Chinese American who lived during a time of terrible discrimination against ethnic Chinese in the United States. In 1882 Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which prohibited Chinese people from entering the country. The act also declared that Chinese-born people already in the United States would never be allowed to become citizens.

Tie Sing hiked the mountains with mapmakers, whipping up gourmet meals for them. His reputation grew and became known as the best trail cook in California. Sing cooked for the thirty men that Stephen Mather took on a days long hike to convince them that national parks needed to be protected. This was the beginning of the National Park Service.

Great book! We loved learning about this time in history and about Tie Sing.

“Long may you build the paths through the mountains.” ~Tie Sing, July 1915

Mountain Chef Book 2016

Book Musings: Toulouse-Lautrec – The Moulin Rouge and the City of Light

December 16 2017:

Toulouse-Lautrec – The Moulin Rouge and the City of Light

In this book we learned about Toulouse-Lautrec who was a wonderful painter and draftsman famous for being the father of the poster. He was a painter of Paris nightlife and especially The Moulin Rouge!! Interesting reading!

Toulouse-Lautrec Book 2017

Book Musings: Rare Treasure – Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries

December 2 2017:

Rare Treasure – Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries

The story of the woman who became the first commercial fossil collector. Mary Anning left school at age eleven, but she spent a lifetime teaching herself about fossils and combing the rocky beach at Lyme Regis.

We really enjoyed this one!!

Rare Treasure Mary Anning Book 2017