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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BOOKS THAT MAKE ME SMILE





(A reworked post from January, 2013.)

Today’s post is about a wonderful series of little books & their author & illustrator, Jane Seagrove.  Each book takes only about 10 minutes or so to read, which you will want to do over & over again.  Every time I open one, I am fascinated with the illustrations--& the quotes.  Buy some for yourself--& they make GREAT gifts!   

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Some excerpts:

All power corrupts.
Absolute power is kinda neat.


Be yourself.


I am not tense.
Just terribly, terribly alert.

 
       Always remember you are unique... 
        
 
...just like everyone else.

I never made WHO'S WHO
but I'm featured in WHAT'S THAT.


I try to take one day at a time

If you can keep your head
while all about you are losing theirs


If you don't agree with me,
it means...

   If you leave me


Never eat more than you can lift.


No day is so bad that it can't be fixed with a nap.



There are few things more satisfying
than seeing your children
have teenagers of their own.


Smile
first thing
in the morning.


Too much of a good thing
can be wonderful


(and my favorite)
I would be unstoppable



There are many more pictures--all equally charming.  Ms. Seagrove is an amazing artist!  Here is a quote from her book:

"All the paintings are watercolor, built up in layers starting with the lightest tones first and finishing with the darkest shades.  A tiny sable brush with a single hair at its tip allows me to get the detail I'm after.  The single hair inevitably wears away by the end of each painting--sometimes annoyingly part way through.  I always start with the eyes of the animal and if I manage to get the right expression in the eyes, then the painting generally turns out.  If not, then I start over."

Also in this series:






I've got to tell you about another book--one of my all-time favorites!  It's called "The Phantom Tollbooth" & it was written by Norton Juster & Jules Feiffer.  It was first published in 1961, but it will NEVER grow old.  If you have kids, buy a copy & read it to them, by all means.  If you don't, buy it anyway & read it yourself!  It is written on two levels, both for children & adults.  Its protagonist is Milo, a bored little boy, who finds a package in his room.  In it is a tollbooth.  He travels in a car in which you have to be very quiet because it goes without saying. He meets many fascinating characters, such as Tock, the watchdog (who has a clock in his side) & miners who dig for numbers (the broken ones are fractions). He goes to the Island of Conclusions (which you can only reach by jumping) & to a banquet where a typical speech is "Roast beef & mashed potatoes" (because you have to eat your words.)  All my kids loved it & I loved it, too.  I recently bought a copy on Amazon & read it again--& I still love it!










 


The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with----fishducky