Posted tagged ‘Quotes’

The Heart of Friendship

June 17, 2021

KNOCK! KNOCK!

No one is home. I’m visiting a special friend today.

Take time to visit your special friends!

A PORTRAIT IN POEMS: The Storied Life of GERTRUDE STEIN & ALICE B. TOKLAS

April 29, 2021

A Portrait in Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas written by Evie Robillard and illustrated by Rachel Katstaller. Kids Can Press, 2020.

In order to give this book a review it deserves, I’m posting a review from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Cooperative Children’s Book Center CCBC Choices 2021.

“A pitch-perfect picture book about Gertrude Stein’s life in Paris focuses on her art collection, her writing, her famous Salon, and her relationship with Alice B. Toklas. Not a word is wasted in this engaging, masterful account. Wisconsin author Robillard’s well-rounded portrait of Stein (and Toklas, too) includes just the right excerpts from Stein’s writing to give readers a sense of her singular style, her wit, her Steiny-ness. The gouache and colored pencil illustrations flawlessly echo the tone of the poems that comprise the text—both playful and profound, rather like Stein and Toklas themselves. They also extend the sense of place that was so important to Stein and her kindred spirits: Paris, specifically 27 rue de Fleurus “…a place that was once filled with paintings— / bright, bold, wild, impossible paintings. / And in that place lived a woman named Gertrude Stein / and her brother Leo. / And later on, her partner, Alice.” (Ages 5-9)” (CCBC Choices 2021, p. 21, PDF File)

Choices is a list of books published in the previous year and recommended for their excellence by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center librarians.

I love this book, and no one can review it better than the librarians at the CCBC!

World Read Aloud Day

February 1, 2018

It’s here!

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Check out World Read Aloud Day and find out all the things you can do to be an active participant.

What others have said about books and reading:

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.          ~ Maya Angelou

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. ~ Neil Gaiman

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. ~ Marcel Proust

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ~ Dr. Seuss

Don’t waste another minute. Grab one of your favorite books and read it aloud to someone special!

 

Sage Advise From Abraham Lincoln

July 14, 2016

Recently, I made a trip back to my hometown of Lincoln, Illinois. Having been named in honor of Abraham Lincoln, the town is filled with his memorabilia. Lincoln was a wise and witty individual who had the ability to inspire others. Below are some thought-provoking quotes from Lincoln that can be applied to our lives today.

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America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.

Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we, as a people, can be engaged in.

The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak out and remove all doubt.

What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.

My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of Earth.

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