A Winter and Summer Cap

grandson in the snow

Such a delight to see our grandson, adorned in his blue fleece snow cap and warm knitted sweater,  frolicking in the snow. What a beautiful site to see snow this time of year in Maine.
Photo collage for Blue Monday

summer car show

Summer car show, with our grandson sporting about in his orange baseball cap. Such a stark contrast in weather and clothing attire. Here in California, we just don't have the four seasons. We pretty much live in shorts and sandals, somewhat. Do you experience the changing of the seasons or miss the snow where you are? Photo collage for Mandarin Orange Monday

yellow vintage car

red car with orange flames

More car photos for Mellow Yellow Monday. 
I like to see those fiery flames on cars and motorcycles, too.

children's books

Bear Has a Story to Tell

Winter is on its way and, although Bear is getting sleepy, he is keen to tell his friends a story. Sadly Mouse, Duck, Frog and Mole are far too busy making preparations for surviving the winter to listen. This gentle, touching story is quite beautifully told and illustrated, conjuring up the changing seasons and the animals’ habits as the kind, endearing bear patiently helps his friends - and is eventually rewarded. A perfectly paced bedtime story with a delightful twist in the tail.

The Wind in the Willows: An Annotated Edition

Few stories have the lasting magic of Ratty, Mole and Toad, but each generation must have their imaginations awakened by a fresh interpretation and David Roberts’ magnificent contemporary illustrations will delight anyone coming to this adventure for the first time. Cautious Mole, kindly Ratty and wise Badger are vividly realized but it is the outrageous, boastful Mr Toad who leaps from the pages so memorably.
Age 6+

Boy Who Swam With Piranhas

Orphaned Stan lives with his Uncle Ernie and Auntie Annie, until Ernie starts a new business - canning Stan’s pet goldfish. Stan leaves to join the circus where the daredevil star Pancho Pirelli encourages him to try swimming with piranhas.
Almond’s rambunctious prose sweeps us along in its slipstream, and his exaggerated characters and ridiculous situations are pure slapstick comedy, but gradually the story builds towards its climax and its message hits home: give a child belief in himself and there’s no limit to what he can achieve (but don’t try this at home).
Age 6+

Pirates Love Underpants

Big, bold pictures and excitable, energetic verse.
Pirates are the latest to delve deep into drawers territory, seeking the elusive Golden Underpants by sailing across Big Knickers Bay but they been beaten to it.
Bundles of bloomers and boxers are guaranteed to get the little ones giggling, and there’s plenty of shouty piratical yo-ho-ho-ing to join in with.




Port Side Pirates (A Barefoot Singalong)

 You'll love this one!
Traverse the high seas with a lively band of buccaneers as they enjoy a melodic adventure aboard their galleon. Includes fun information about historical pirates, pirates around the world, and even a helpful chart naming the parts of a ship. Includes a dual-purpose audio and video CD to listen to the singalong on a CD player or listen and watch the video animation on a Mac or PC.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and many blessings for the New Year!

Warmly,






“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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