November 8, 2012

Over and Over

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Ah my lovelies. You will love this lovely book.

I'd like to stress to you that when I write that a book made me gasp or squeal or made my heart race a bit, I'M NOT JOKING. Or exaggerating. Or making stuff up.

Garth Williams. His work has been making my heart beat faster (in a Happy Book way, get your minds out of the gutter. Only mine was in the gutter? *Cough*) since I was a little girl and first read 'Stuart Little'.

Brief thoughts on 'Stuart Little' -- that book thrust its fist into my chest and ripped out my heart with its beauty. How's that for a review?

Anyhoo, I love his art. 'Little Fur Family'? JUST GO GET THE BOOK AND SAVE ME THE STRESS OF WORRYING WHETHER OR NOT YOU OWN IT.

I'm loving how this sweet little book which explains the concept of holidays to small children has turned into a diatribe about ripping hearts out of chests. There is something very very wrong with me.

That's what 'Over and Over' is about by the by ~ the holidays are a blur to a small little girl and she can't keep them straight as to what activities go with what holidays and when in the year they occur. She learns how they happen, over and over, in a certain order.

When Julia was little, she thought Halloween was Candy Day, and when she was a baby, she probably thought Christmas was Happy Fun Box Day. Right now one of her big favorites is Valentine's Day. She loooves the card giving and receiving, the chocolate, the PINK.

So, this book is utterly enchanting, and my heart raced when I first saw it. I got mine from the library and I carefully took off the plastic wrapper and then photographed it because THERE'S NOTHING I WON'T DO FOR A GOOD PHOTO. No books were harmed in the picture-taking of this book.  No hearts were ripped out. DON'T TELL THE LIBRARY!

Two last things: there really should be a holiday called "Happy Fun Box Day" and writer Charlotte Zolotow is awesome and rad. You should have a lot of her books too. Due to the awesomeness and radness of her works.

16 comments:

  1. I've never seen this book before! Adorbs!

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    1. You'd love this one Miss Leanne :) -- I had never heard of it before either, until just recently!

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  2. I love books like this! Now I must find a copy, especially since I haven't found a good vintage storybook at the library lately.

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    1. I was prepared to buy this one Michelle, if my library didn't have it -- I think this is one I might get anyway, to have in my Keep Forever collection :)

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  3. Charlotte Zolotow + Garth Williams = Perfection.

    I'm planning a Charlotte Zolotow post for next week, and this one isn't on it! I have a stack checked out from the library. If you "like" her on Facebook, you can keep up with the poignant posts by her daughter, Crescent Dragonwagon. Charlotte is very old now, and her memory isn't often there. Her daughter's posts are beautiful.

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    1. you said it sister! Crescent Dragonwagon?? I'M SO THERE.

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  4. My library of course doesn't have it. grrr. Don't worry I've got my other ways to find books. What a beautiful beautiful find. We are all the time talking about the order in which things occur... it's all very confusing.

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    1. I have a love hate thing going on with the library -- when they have something I really want, I'm all "I Love you Library!!" and when they don't, I'm like "DARN YOU Library!" tee hee

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  5. You know what I just did Melissa? I clicked straight on that link and went on Amazon to buy that "Over and Over" book. It had to be done! I found and bought a book illustrated by Tasha Tudor as well. My library does not offer any of her books sadly (I would have to go to a location much further away to borrow them!). Can't wait to get the books now :D

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    1. Sister, you are a woman after my own heart. I love that you're not a ditherer, you see something you like and you're seizing the day! I agonize and agonize, and then agonize some more. Then when I'm a bloody mess on the floor (seriously, where is this blood thing coming from? I'm such a freak!), I finally make myself make some kind of decision. WHAT AM I TALKING ABOUT? It's been a very weird day. xoxoxo!

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  6. What a lovely blog, it's absolutely charming to see a mother so much enjoy reading.

    I can't wait to have children and read with them!

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    1. Hamilton!! Dude. Do you mind if I call you that? Because I refer to both my male friends and lady friends that way :) You and I have to talk food. Just saw your blog. AWESOME. I'm gonna write to you over there. SHRIMP DUMPLINGS. I saw that post and flipped out.

      Yes, kid books are My Obsession. Instead of going to law school, I should have become a librarian! (I'm also obsessed with food, which is why I'm so excited about your blog)

      Reading with my kiddo is pretty much the greatest thing ever! Except when I'm sick or have a sore throat and she wants 10 stories in a row. That's less fun :) -- I loved hearing how you want to read to your kids someday!! Much aloha :)

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  7. not sure what happened...i was leaving a comment and it disappeared.
    it said that i would be a lost fool without you...or something like that.

    we have the little fur family. one of our favorites.

    p.s. must see julia's big fat baby cheeks.

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    1. Consider it done, lovey. mega cheeks coming your way, I'll email you as soon as I get back from Hawaii (going to visit under the weather dad). Or maybe I'll do a post called Baby Fat Cheeks. That should go over well if she discovers it during the teen yrs eh?

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  8. Ha! You crack me up! I am constantly going on diatribes and getting excited and FREAKING OUT about things like this while my husband just does the ol' "smile and nod". ;)
    This book is SO sweet. The illustrations and colors he used are so lovely and bright. I want to give old Garth an epic high five for all those Little House on the Prairie illustrations he did! I'm a little jealous though...what a fun job that must have been! I think his LIttle House illustrations really influenced my own art. I have been forever drawing or painting prairie girls!

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    1. His Little House pix....can you imagine those books without them? I can't!!

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