Sunday Salon: The Peaceful Post

Good morning! Right now there’s no sun in sight and the air is nice and cool. I love these winter mornings. Since I’m in Southern California, snow is not a worry but we did have some rare thunderstorms yesterday. When you do hear thunder, you can’t help but pay attention.
Last week I read only children’s books again. Something tells me this might be how the rest of the year will be. This week I read:

Ziggy’s Blue-Ribbon Day by Claudia Mills. Ziggy is not good at running, jumping, or throwing balls for track-and-field day. Though his teacher told him to try his best and Ziggy will, he knows he won’t be receiving a blue-ribbon award. He’s an artist, great at drawing. By chance things change and Ziggy might be receiving a blue ribbon after all.

Chicken Feathers by Joy Crowley. Chicken Feathers is the tale of Josh, an ordinary boy living on a farm and his pet chicken Semolina, who can talk. Not talk like a parrot does and repeat what you say, but actually talks. No one believes Josh when he says Semolina can talk, but he has bigger things to worry about. His mom is in the hospital pregnant with his little sister and he suspects a fox is taking eggs from one of the chicken houses.

Potato Joe is a counting book for small children by author and illustrator Keith Baker. The illustrations are simple yet beautiful though my youngest was not interested in it at all.

Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber. I can’t believe I have never read this book until now. Ira is going to sleep over his best friend’s house and tries to decide whether or not he should take his teddy bear with him. Full of repetition and funny scenes, Ira Sleeps Over is a new favorite in this house.

A Couple of Boys have the Best Week Ever is written by Marla Frazee and was nominated for a Cybils award last year. Frazee is also the illustrator for Sara Pennypacker’s great series, Clementine. A Couple of Boys is about James and Eamon’s week-long adventure with Eamon’s grandparents Bill and Pam. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is great. I didn’t want it to end.

This weekend I participated in the Inner Child Weekend loosely hosted by Dovegreyreader. The purpose of the weekend is to put aside your adult reads and read your childhood favorites.

Alexander and the terrible horrible no good very bad day by Judith Viorst has a special place in my heart. It was one of the first books I was able to read by myself. The title explains the story perfectly. When my kids are having a bad day this is the book I reach for.

My other read for this weekend is Daphne’s Book by Mary Downing Hahn. I read this book when I was around eleven years old. I was browsing my local library and I remember I just happened to find it. The cover intrigued me. Daphne with her flowing hair and beautiful face sitting back-to-back with Jessica. I don’t think I can do this book justice. Just read it. I promise you’ll love it.

After Daphne’s Book, I plan on reading Lauren Groff’s short story collection, Delicate Edible Birds and Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale for The Well-Read Ladies book club.

What are some of your childhood favorites? What do you plan on reading this week?


Inner Child Weekend 2

Dovegreyreader came up with a great idea to have an Inner Child Weekend every month. I plan on reading Daphne’s Book by Mary Downing Hahn in the 1983 edition that I remember reading as a pre-teen. When the book came earlier this week in the mail, I examined every inch of it to make sure it was the same book. It is. I had the urge to smell the damn thing.

What books did you read as a child? Have you read any lately?