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
December 30 2015:
Was taking Thomas’ library books out of the bag for him. Among the Andrew Lost, Boxcar Kids, guinea pig books, and tons of books with world records and interesting facts; there are these books. You go Thomas, you go! Seriously, I am so curious to see what he will do with all this knowledge as he progresses on his journey! xoxo
May 5 2018:
A beautiful celebration of love that shares the message of love as a noun. Bright and vivid illustrations add to the heart full message. Just LOVEd it!!!
April 21 2018:
The House That Jane Built – A Story About Jane Addams
Thomas and I were incredibly moved reading about an 1889 settlement home that Jane Addams founded in a run-down Chicago neighborhood, Hull House.
It was a place were people could find food, work, and community and included a playground, kindergarten, and a public bath. By 1907, Hull House included thirteen buildings and by the early 1920s, more than nine thousand people visited each week.
Jane Addams died in 1935 at 74. The programs at Hull House ran through 2012.
There’s much more to know about Addams; yet this book was specifically about Hull House. She spoke out against war and was a peace activist. She co-founded the Woman’s Peace Party.
The FBI kept a file on her, and she was called “the most dangerous woman in America.” In 1931, she became the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She was a founding member of the NAACP and ACLU.
April 7 2018:
The Universe is Calling
A wonderful book about prayer. I really enjoyed learning the author’s view.
” …. the ocean is in the wave. The wave is nothing more nor less than the ocean expressing as a wave.”
And one of my favorite quotes from Thoreau is in the book too …
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be extended, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.” -Henry David Thoreau …
April 1 2018:
Forest Bright – Forest Night
Beautifully illustrated and short two sided book naming forest animals that sleep during the day and are awake at night and vice versa. Loved the illustrations!
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.