A Little Yard to Play with Flowers

Reading the whimsical picture book, When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy by Valorie Fisher, to my younger son recently, I found a delightful depiction of my philosophy of gardening:  Plant what you love! Just a few weeks ago, my garden was sleeping.  My friend, who lives in a high rise, asked to see it, but […]

A Picture Book-Inspired Home (Part II in Decorating Series)

Bunny Day by Rick Walton, illustrated by Paige Miglio, teaches children the concept of time.  Flipping through the gorgeous illustrations offers adults fodder for dreams.  This book contains a plethora of decorating ideas for anyone who’d like their home to look as though it were plucked from the pages of a picture book. The Cuckoo […]

Picture Books as Interior Design Manuals (Part I)

This is the first post in a series on decorating your home according to children’s books.    What I’ve always wanted most in a house is coziness— a house that smiles, a home that points to heaven.   What  better place to get decorating ideas than from the pages of children’s books! Goodnight Moon is a good […]

Hope for the Flowers

I glimpse wings from the window of my bedroom and walk outside for a closer look.  I’d read that Gregg’s Blue Mistflower was a butterfly magnet, but this?  Six pairs of wings! I drop to my knees, snapping pictures.  The monarchs fold their wings like praying hands while sipping.  Then, effortlessly, they flutter above my […]

Life Softeners

I recently had the pleasure of reading Martha’s Vineyard: Isle of Dreams.  When the author, Susan Branch, buys a cottage on Martha’s Vineyard, she “inherits” all the possessions of the elderly woman who had lived in it for years until she moved to a nursing home and passed away.  Susan sadly concludes that among all the woman’s […]

Einstein on Fairy Tales

When I taught fourth grade, I assigned my students a nonfiction book report.  To my surprise, one little girl did her report on Cinderella.  When I told her Cinderella was fiction, she protested, “But I found it in the nonfiction section of the library!” Intrigued, I asked the school librarian.  “Yes,” she informed me, “fairy tales […]

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Have you ever met someone whose storytelling ability is even more wonderful than the stories themselves?  I haven’t met Kate DiCamillo face to face, but when I’m reading her work, I’m astounded by the tapestry of her words.  Simply by describing a setting, this master storyteller can spin my mind into a place rich with […]