August 11 2018:
talkin’ guitar – A Story of Young Doc Watson
All sounds were music to a blind young man by the name of Arthel Watson. He made music out of whatever he could get his hands on and became one of the most celebrated and beloved figures of folk, bluegrass, and old-time music – Doc Watson.
August 4 2018:
As a young girl Margaret E. Knight carried with her a notebook labeled My Inventions. She made creations for her mother and brothers and when she was twelve she designed a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off looms and hurting workers.
Later she invented a machine that would cut and glue together a square-bottomed paper bag. Many of the paper bags we use today are still processed using Mattie’s invention.
An inspiring story of a girl and woman who knew in her heart she was an inventor and never backed down from that belief. Even in a time when it was believed women couldn’t understand the complexities of mechanical equipment.
July 21 2018:
A wonderful book which highlights the African elephants and their intricate social structure. It’s from 1993 so also points out issues with the ivory trade. We all enjoyed this and I especially loved the simple illustrations.
July 14 2018:
The Noisy Paint Box
“I let myself go. I had little thought for houses and trees, drawing colored lines and blobs on the canvas with my palette knife, making them sing just as powerfully as I knew how.” …. And …. “I could hear the hiss of the colors as they mingled.” ~Vasily Kandinsky
An historical fiction of the life of Vasya Kandinsky who was one of the very first painters of abstract art. So interesting to learn that he could hear the colors. They literally made sounds that he could hear.
It is believed that he had synesthesia; a condition where one sense triggers another sense. He knew in his heart how he wanted to paint and kept straying from it to please others. He finally let loose!!
Lillian was glued to this as she loves creating and learning about abstract art. Thomas and I loved it too!
July 7 2018:
Manfish – A Story of Jacques Cousteau
Beautifully illustrated story of a boy who fell in love with the sea and dreamed of breathing beneath the waves.
“Il faut aller voir.” ~Jacques Cousteau (We must go and see for ourselves.)
An inventor, adventurer, explorer, poetic writer – a remarkable person.
This was another fun book to read!
June 23 2018:
The Magic Boat
A traditional Chinese tale of a young boy named Chang who rescues an old man from a river. He is rewarded with a magic dragon boat that can magically change from pocket-size to full-size and back.
A wicked man steals the boat and takes it to the corrupt Emperor. Chang sets out to get the boat back so he can continue to do good with it. Great DEMI book with vibrant illustrations!
June 16 2018:
Heartwarming story of an Italian painter and a deep friendship formed while working on what will be the last of his masterpieces … painting and repairing the facade of an old church. Beautiful story!
June 2 2018:
Wilma Unlimited – How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman
Wilma contracts polio in the 1940’s and her left leg is left paralyzed. She went on at age twenty to be the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympics. Great book and great woman!
May 26 2018:
Life by the Cup
Having started reading biographies and memoirs, I’m grateful this was one of the first. I’ve read others along the way, yet I’ve a different reason for reading them now.
I deeply enjoyed this journey with Zhena as she transformed her life and allowed it to blossom from her gypsy roots and heritage into a passion for organic, fair trade tea. Deepened with her own spiritual insights rolled into her life like the tea leaves she dearly loves.
I have a new and stronger appreciation for tea and those who grow it and cultivate the leaves. I’m grateful to Zhena for the beautiful way in which she wrote about the tea leaves and the mixture of flowers, fruits, and essential oils. xoxo
May 19 2018:
If I had a little dream
A book about joy, love, and beauty that is a part of every day with amazing and whimsical illustrations! So much love this book!!! xoxo