April 9, 2013

Miss Jaster's Garden

I'm looking at grey, rainy skies as I write this, my friendsies.

But I'm not minding as much as I usually do. Largely this is because Julia and I are flying out in a few days to visit one of my dearest friends and her daughter (who is Julia's age) in California for a little Spring Break long weekend visit!

SO excited! Haven't seen them in two years. I also get to see another dear friend, this entertaining fellow. Andrew will be at home, minding the kitties, and playing video games. He says he's going to sleep, play video games, and go for walks whenever he wants. I also predict I'll receive a phone call at some point, wherein he informs me that he's running low on milk. I got a phone call like that once when I was in Hawaii. He also wanted to know why the microwave wasn't cooking his dinner by using only verbal commands.

I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.

I have a lovely book for you. Andrew's mama got it from the library, so that she could show me. She's wonderful in that way! She got me hooked on Gyo Fujikawa and has all kinds of vintage book treasures at her house that I'm always plotting how to get, borrow, or steal.

She brought over 'Miss Jaster's Garden' by N.M. Bodecker, and I almost fell down, I was so enchanted. We read it about 4 times during the week we had it borrowed from grandma, Julia LOVED it!

You know why we loved it so much, aside from the lovely story and beautiful, watercolory art?

IT'S ABOUT A HEDGIE!!

We love our hedgehogs around here. Remember this hedgehog?

The rundown of the very sweet plot is that Miss Jaster, without meaning to (she doesn't see so well), accidentally sprinkles flower seed mix onto the friendly hedgehog who lives in her garden-by-the-seaside and has breakfast with her everyday (she gives him a bowl of milk).

He sprouts! Flowers grow upon his little hedgie back! He's happy living in her garden, but begins to feel strange when his back achieves full bloom. So he goes for a little walk, and Miss Jaster thinks a BANDIT has stolen part of her garden, so she sets the local Constable on the case.

He figures out what's really happened, and returns the hedgie to Miss Jaster's garden, the hedgie gets cleaned up and they all go back to being happy in the garden.

After I read this book, I wanted to plumb my savings account, sell my house, and move to an East Cost seaside town and wear flowy dresses forever.

Maybe you too will feel this way?

Or maybe it will inspire you to watch baby animal videos on Youtube, which is how Julia and I spent a recent morning.

WHAT WAS LIFE LIKE BEFORE YOUTUBE?

24 comments:

  1. WOW! Love love love it! I adore the illustrations and moving to a seaside town and wearing flowery dresses sounds simply divine! Count me in :)

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    1. of course if i really lived in a seaside town, i'd worry about tsunamis :)

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  2. I want to move too! What beautiful watercolor art! It's not fair : there are too many books I want but not enough funds! Have a great trip! Enjoy your stay in sunny California!

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    1. check your library! sometimes you get lucky :)

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  3. You're coming to California!!! Southern or Northern? xoxo

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    1. I wish you were heading to Northern California so we could meet up!!! Have fun!

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    2. Oh i know, wouldn't that be just the most fun? Someday my friend!

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  4. Oh, love it! We love hedgies, too! It looks so sweet. Of course my library doesn't have it at all. Pout.

    Have a lovely time in California! I found out we're going to DC again this summer, with a jaunt in between to the New Jersey shore. I love having gay relatives with money! Ha!! xxxxoooo

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    1. Thanks lovey! Lucky you! We have no summer trips planned. So here's hoping for great Seattle summer weather :)

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  5. I love the look of this book. So nostalgic. And I can't wait for a full report on your trip!!!!

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    1. it's oldtimey and also feels current...the mark of a really well written book :)

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    1. Oh I can't tell you all of the amazing books she has introduced us to over the years...:)

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  7. Melissa, you saved my rainy day nursing a very, very poorly Angélique yesterday - miraculously, it would seem, better today - with your Pinterest book pins. Miraculously, again, I did not purchase anything but this book! I want it now being a bit of a garden addict.

    Yippee!!!

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    1. I'm so very very happy that my Pinterest was able to take the edge off of a Sick Child Day! Those are never fun. Although it's a funny thing, that's how we know Julia is not feeling well..she stops running around, screaming and yelling and dancing, and she's actually quiet and docile and easier to manage! Tee hee. Kisses to Angelique, hope she feels better soon! xo

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  8. I hope you and Julia have an awesome time in California! My best friend lives in S. California and we haven't seen one another in five years...way to long, but we do talk often at least. And our girls are the same age.

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    1. Thank you Miss Julia!! We're both so excited. Julia is at that magical age where a plane ride is just about the most fun thing ever :)

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  9. I'm ready to move too- there will be a seaside lobster restaurant nearby my dream house as well. Love the map- any book that includes a map is bound to be a good one!

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    1. yes yes! books with maps!!! love them. i really love the maps found in some 'Winnie the Pooh' books :)

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  10. Thought of you guys today -- saw cute notecards with a gold foil hedgie on them at Target. They practically screamed your name.

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    1. Oh WOW, those sound fun Christina! I've been meaning to pay a call at Target...it's been too long. Like maybe 2 or 3 weeks :)

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  11. Frances in Texas4/12/13, 7:23 PM

    This book was an absolute favorite of my daughter (now 32) when she was young. It was so wonderful to see it here. (I gave a copy to my daughter a few years ago because she loves collecting her old favorites.)

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    1. That is so cool Frances! Isn't it amazing how strongly we feel about old childhood book loves, even as adults?

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