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The Power of Reading Books Together

July 18, 2019

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


One of my favorite books is Anne of Green Gables. Anne Shirley, the main character in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel, immediately captures the heart and soul of readers. She is an orphan with an enormous imagination and a vocabulary to match. She has a quick temper and a tendency to blurt out the first thing she thinks. But what Anne Shirley wants most is to find a loving home and a best friend – a kindred spirit. All of these characteristics make her an interesting character and an endearing heroine.

When my daughter was younger, I read this and some of my other favorite classic books to her. It was a wonderful time to bond through reading. Her love of Anne’s story led to a fabulous family vacation on Prince Edward Island where we relived Anne’s story.


Recently, my daughter gifted me with the picture book, Goodnight, Anne written by Kallie George and illustrated by Geneviève Godbout. It’s inspired by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. This is a sweet, heart-warming goodnight story. When Marilla tells Anne it’s time to go to bed, Anne thanks all the people, places, and things in her life that she loves. Geneviève Godbout’s illustrations done in pastels and colored pencils are whimsical and calming as a goodnight book should be. This gift was a delightful treat!

My daughter’ inscription said:  …for instilling creativity, imagination, and the happiest of memories…

It is a reminder of how powerful books and reading are when you share them with someone — especially someone you love!


SOMEDAY – An Unexpected Emotional Impact

May 18, 2017

Quite some time ago, I purchased a picture book for my daughter I thought she would appreciate as a young mother. Last Sunday, we did what many families do on Mother’s Day. We came together to celebrate. We had brunch at our house and exchanged cards and gifts. I added what my daughter calls a “motherism” to the inside of the book for which she expressed delight and gratitude. She didn’t have time to read the book because two active little girls were demanding her attention. Later Sunday evening, I received a text. My daughter told me she read Someday, the book I gave to her, to the girls at bedtime. She said she couldn’t get through it because it made her cry. (It was that unexpected emotional impact.) She told the girls they were “happy tears.” It’s moments like these when you realize how fortunate you are to have a close relationship with your daughter and how much you miss your own mother. And now I’m crying those “happy tears.”


Alison McGhee’s text is simple, but it reminds the adult reader of the special bond that exists between mothers and daughters and how the cycle of life continues. McGhee’s gentle words speak to the heart, and Peter Reynolds’ endearing illustrations speak to our visual emotions. The combination of the two makes this book a gift of love.

If you have sons, a companion book to Someday is Little Boy written by Alison Mc Ghee and illustrated by Peter Reynolds, Atheneum Books.



WIP – Wedding In Progress

July 18, 2013

Besides reading and writing and blogging and tweeting about children’s books, I do have another life. This summer my other life has been consumed with preparations for our daughter’s wedding, which is rapidly approaching. She’s on the east coast. We’re in the middle. Distance makes for challenges, but my husband and I are no slouches. We’re in it until the last guest leaves the reception and the last check is signed.

So far I’ve learned these things about wedding planning:

Keep smiling.

No matter how old they get, your children still do not listen to you.

Money is no object from your child’s point of view.

It’s much easier to plan a wedding when you are both in the same geographical area.

Frequent and calm communication helps to clarify issues at hand.

When a request is made, don’t ask questions, just do it. It makes life easier.

Our latest assignment from east coast was to find specific pictures for a book the future bride and groom are going to create for guests to sign. These pictures were needed ASAP. What else is new?

The Requester

The Requester

So the obedient mother and father trudged down to the basement and pulled a million photo albums off the shelves and hauled them upstairs to the comfort of the living room. Divide and conquer was the motto. “The list” of required photos was at our fingertips. From birth pictures to present times, my husband and I flipped through the albums in record time. It was like looking at time-lapse photography of seeds growing to maturity. Our daughter was a beautiful flower. We were withering weeds! By the time we got through all the albums and found the designated pictures, we were spent.

We looked at the mess we had created. We agreed it was time to weed and condense albums – tomorrow. Tomorrow came and went.  The road to the basement is paved with good intentions! And those good intention albums ended up right back on the shelves. Out of sight, out of mind.

The important thing is that we completed the task at hand, and we still hold our daughter and her fiancé dear to our hearts.

What’s next on our to-do list? I’ll be sure to let you know.

Boston Move: Done

July 20, 2010

Friday’s blog was reported missing. The reason:  There was no computer available for me to express the delight of moving my daughter from one apartment to another in the traffic, heat, and humidity of Boston. Below are some of the highlights.

One evening as we were trying to maneuver our way to the new city apartment with a carload of “stuff,” we ran into detours. A detour in Boston is a major disaster because of the one way streets. You can spend an entire week trying to find your destination unless you know where you’re going. Frustrating as it was to go in circles, we got a glimpse of a movie that was being shot— the reason for the detour. 

Okay, you can’t see too much, but it was really neat!  

On Sunday, after moving more belongings to the new apartment, Philip, a very charming friend of our daughter, invited us to relax on his family’s boat for the afternoon.

She looks relaxed. We’re just tired!

Then came the big move.





How much stuff does one person have?

I am happy to report The Adventures of the Mad Movers are over. My husband and I are back home, nursing our aches, pains, and bruises. We’ve made a pact with one another. If there is ever another move, which I’m sure there will be, we’ll be delighted to help by providing our daughter the names and address of professional movers.  


On the Move in Boston: Part 2

July 9, 2010

I arrived safely in Boston on Tuesday and was greeted by my lovely daughter and a blast of wickedly hot air. Notice the temperature. 

And then I was greeted by this.

As you can see, there is much to be done before my daughter’s ninth move is complete. One would think she would have packing down to a science after all of her previous moves. Within one hour of packing together, I knew she needed to enroll in the “Moving 101” class at the local Get-A-Move-On University. Compare the difference in our piece work of packing.

This is hers.

This is mine.


I guess she didn’t get as much packed as I did because she was too busy making a list of things she wanted me to do the next day while she was at work. Who’s the mother and who’s the daughter around here anyway?

Meanwhile, it’s back to work. The sooner I get my chores done the sooner I get to sit back and enjoy the chocolate candy I found while packing up the kitchen pantry.

Dad arrives tomorrow. That should stir up the pot as The Adventures of the Mad Movers continue. Will we succeed in our quest for a quick and easy move from one apartment to another, or will there be a backup in the pack up? See how the move moves next Tuesday!

Moving adventures for the younger set:  It’s Moving Day by Pamela Hickman (Kids Can Press, 2008), Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst (Atheneum, 1998)

On the Move in Boston

July 6, 2010

How many moves does it take for a daughter to find a just-right place to live?

In our family, our daughter is approaching nine moves in the past ten years. There was a move to a new place each year during undergraduate school at UW- Madison. Then for three years, we were lucky. Our daughter stayed in one place while working on her Au.D. at Western Michigan University, but she made up for that by moving to Los Angeles for her fourth-year externship. After graduating, she surprised us when she accepted a position in Boston—all the way across the country— where she now works. Since arriving in Boston, she has moved twice and is now about to make her third and final move — so she tells us.

Call us crazy, but my husband and I have been with her each time she makes a move. Even though we keep telling her to find a place and stay there, helping her move is the highlight of my summer. You just never know what’s going to happen!

I leave for Boston this evening. Decisions, decisions. What do I pack?

A dress for movers and shakers?


Dress for movers?

If you’re interested in The Adventures of the Mad Movers, stay tuned for more on Friday. Stress levels should be high and that makes for good storytelling!

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