Sunday, October 17, 2010

Children's Book Monday

This past week my husband and I received the incredible gift of nearly four days on our own. Our first non-nursing, non-pregnant, more-than-one-night away, just the two of us, in eleven years.

After attending a beautiful wedding at which Kevin officiated, we left the two youngest with my parents and our big boys with my brother and his wife and their crew of little men. Then we drove to our sweet small town about ninety miles away and rested. And walked. And rested. (We got tired early and woke early. Go figure.) And played games. And talked. (We got to finish our sentences!) And rested.

On our last day, we drove about seventy miles further to a tourist town we love, and the first shop we found, we lingered in for almost two hours.

It was a bookstore, of course. My favorite treasure of the day?

Johnny Appleseed
A poem by Reeve Lindbergh
Paintings by Kathy Jakobsen

I have never read a more beautiful rendition of Johnny Appleseed's life than this delightful book. In her poem, Ms. Lindbergh sought to stay completely true to what history tells of his character and relationship with God and creation, and the result is prose rich in description and deep with meaning.

The incredible paintings on every page are quilt-like in their textures and storytelling, and as the seasons come and go throughout Mr. Chapman's life, a thankfulness for his selfless gifts permeates the pages.

The children and I are preparing to make this craft for our seasonal nature table swap, and we think this book is a perfect accompaniment! Well, that and some apple cider. And maybe apple pie, too.

Happy Reading!

6 fellow travelers shared:

I Live in an Antbed said...

Oh, we love this one!! What a perfect book!

Linda said...

I must get this book Elise! I can use the grandchildren as an excuse:-)
One of my very favorite writers is Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and I have Reeve's book about her (which is lovingly, beautifully written).
I'm so glad you two had such a lovely getaway.

Anonymous said...

We own this book from a booksale and agree that it is rich. One of my autumn favorites is "Say It!" by Charlotte Zolotow. It is about a girl and her mother on an autumn walk and has more modern pictures. "Glorious, shining, splendiferous day" are some of the words that I recall. I love the home with smoke coming out of the chimney. How great to get to be refreshed with your husband. I know you missed your babies, but they must have had a great time. hugs from Mary Brooke

Anna said...

Hi Elise,

Thanks for the review! I think you may have already reviewed my choice for this week, but we love it too much around here for me to not share it at my blog, too. :)

Sounds like you have a lovely time with your husband!


Carrie said...

what a beautiful four days...

Blessings, my friend!

Deidra said...

I thought of you this week when a book fair came to the office where I work. I found (and bought) When The World Is Ready For Bed by Gillian Shields, with illustrations by Anna Currey. It is sweet and beautiful and the words just sing!

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