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Impossible Things January 30, 2010

Filed under: Classics — Shanna @ 8:22 pm

Alice laughed.  “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one ca’n’t believe impossible things.”  “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen.  “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day.  Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” (from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll)

I guess you never really know what you’re capable of until you try.


Forget the way January 29, 2010

Filed under: Classics — Kristi @ 8:03 pm

When people grow up they forget the way. (from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie)


Together January 28, 2010

Filed under: Picture Books — Kristi @ 7:21 pm

We were so busy hugging and eating and breathing together. (from The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant)


14 Cows January 27, 2010

Filed under: Picture Books — Kristi @ 3:20 am
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Because there is no nation so powerful it cannot be wounded, nor a people so small they cannot offer mighty comfort. (from 14 Cows For America by Carmen Agra Deedy in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah)

Benjamin and I went to the library today and came home with a bag full of Bluebonnet books, some of the 2009 selections that we had been unable to check out earlier and a few of the new 2010 selections. One of the 2009 books was so bad I couldn’t read it without laughing at the author’s thinly-veiled agenda and boring prose. There are very few children’s books I dislike this much.

But then I picked up 14 Cows for America and…wow! Benjamin was already in bed so I read it to Jon. At the end of the story we were both in tears. It is the story of an incredible act of generosity from a Kenyan tribe to the American people after the devastation of September 11, 2001. I should have saved this quote for the next anniversary of that day, but I just couldn’t wait. This book is too good not to pass on right away.

First of all, the true story is one to “burn a hole in your heart” as the book says. Secondly, Carmen Agra Deedy tells it with such simplicity and grace as to take nothing away from the power of it. And finally, the illustrations by Thomas Gonzalez are absolutely gorgeous. It’s not even going on the amazon wishlist; it’s going straight into the shopping cart!


Tubby January 26, 2010

Filed under: Classics — Kristi @ 4:57 pm
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A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise. (from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne)

Must get to the gym. Must get to the gym. Must get to the gym.


How we use them

Filed under: Classics — Kristi @ 4:33 am

But of course, we can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts. (from A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle)


Flying Burritos January 24, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Young Adult — Shanna @ 10:13 pm

Now, if you have never been hit by a flying burrito, count yourself lucky.  In terms of deadly projectiles, it’s right up there with grenades and cannonballs. (from Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan)

In other words, if you ever find yourself in a food-fight with zombie-skeleton monsters, reach for the burrito.