March 20, 2013

Springtime in Noisy Village

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!!!!!!

Oh how I love Spring. Nevermind that usually there's another month of rainy, breezy, fluctuating around in the 40's and 50's weather on tap here for us in the Seattle area. It doesn't matter. BECAUSE IT'S SPRING, and things are only going to get better, not worse. (i hope)

I love cherry blossoms! I love jelly beans. I love spring asparagus. I love rhubarb. I love all the things I never got to experience in Hawaii where there are only two seasons: the rainy season and the not rainy season. But really, both of those seasons are just....FABULOUS. However, even perfection can wear thin after awhile. (no it doesn't, I'm saying this to make myself feel better about not living in Hawaii anymore.)

I had to put the cover of  'Springtime in Noisy Village' by Astrid Lindgren and Ilon Wikland down below and use one of the interior art pix as my lead photo, because this is a library book that has stickers all over it and isn't in the best shape. But that's ok, because the story inside, and the illustrations, are in the finest tippy top shape and if you don't feel like 1) shouting YAY SPRING! when it's over and 2) LET'S MOVE TO SWEDEN!, well then, I don't know what I can do for you. Just hand you a jellybean, I guess.

Swedish children from a collection of neighboring farms all play together, and take care of a baby lamb, walk on top of a barn roof, cavort and romp (yes, CAVORT and ROMP) in the pasture and bicker and chase animals and have tea party lunches out in a meadow and get muddy and OH PLEASE LET ME BE A SWEDISH FARM CHILD in my next life.

We've read several of the 'Noisy Village' books.  Some are picture books great for ages 5-7 and some are chapter books perfect for your 7-10 year old. While not as stupendous as Astrid's 'Pippi' books (few things are), they are charming and so sweetly illustrated and when you're done reading, you'll look around and sigh that you're not in Sweden. Unless you ARE in Sweden, and then I guess you won't be sighing, you'll be patting yourself on the back for having the Very Good Sense to be living in Sweden.

And if you don't believe me that living in the Swedish countryside seems awesome,

  well then you need to take a look-see at THIS feature from Lonny magazine.

16 comments:

  1. Do you not know how much I love Noisy Village!!! Have you read the chapter books to Julia, yet? And the Christmas one? Could life be any better than Noisy Village? No. I think not.

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    1. We read the Christmas one! I own the chapter book one (Children of Noisy Village) but we haven't read it yet! I'm so excited! Noisy Village is where I want to retire. Can I be a swedish farm child when I'm 80?

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  2. This books is oh so lovely. It goes right into my wish list (because I really have spent so much on books lately!). Thank you for introducing me to this collection!

    And OMG that website!!! I wished all children could have such an idyllic place to live.

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    1. you can check your library, that's where I found this one :) it's incredible, that place, isn't it?

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  3. I'm with you on wanting to be a Swedish farm child. Maybe we could live on neighboring farms! :)

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    1. YEAH! 'cept i would need to someone to run my farm for me b/c I am only farm inclined in my mind. and that 3am wakeup biz? Nopey.

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    1. why is there not a holiday resort like this? maybe there is IS and I just don't know about it!

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  5. This looks adorable. And I can relate to what you said. I grew up in Florida and there isn't spring there.

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    1. i like seasons! although seattle seasons are kinda funny, in a way it's like Hawaii except the rainy season is longer and more depressing and the awesome season is not as awesome as Hawaii. :)

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  6. I'll have to buy the Noisy Village books. There just aren't enough available via our library, and we loved The Children of Noisy Village and Christmas at Noisy Village so much! And yes, I want to be a Scandinavian child out in the country, too. Let's start our own Noisy Village!

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    1. Andrew would say that Julia and I are a Noisy Village unto ourselves :)

      We could start a Noisy Village commune!

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  7. OH, that just looks like the best time in the world! Lucky Swedish children. Yes, I want to read this book right away- looks absolutely lovely!

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    1. you will loooooooove this one Robyn :)

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  8. Hahaha! You crack me up! You know I am often looking around and thinking "WHY am I not in Sweden!?!" lol
    These books sound so fun and I love the illustrations! I need to look for these, most definitely!
    And hey, just be thankful you're in the Seattle area in the summer time when its nice and just warm where you are but it's baking and miserable out here in the middle....I'm hoping we dont have a week over 110 this summer-- hoping!! lol

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    1. Oh I definitely think these books are must-go-find for you and your girl, Heather!!

      Gah, you are so right, thank you for reminding me to be thankful -- 110? TOO HOT!!!

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