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Monday, May 21, 2018


If you think you're a skilled LEGO builder, take a look at this piece built by Sarah von Innerebner.

The detail is amazing, isn't it? It's not something I would attempt, but it does inspire me to rewatch the original animated Disney's Beauty and the Beast [J DVD BEA]. Or the more recent live action version [DVD BEA].

Friday, May 18, 2018

Poetry Friday--May I Bring a Friend?

Are you all ready for the royal wedding tomorrow? You've received an invitation? What if you want to bring a friend?

I'm sure the royal family would love to accommodate you, but, if they've read Beatrice Schenk de Regniers' May I Bring a Friend? [JP DER] they may hesitate a wee bit.

May I Bring a Friend? won the Caldecott Award in 1965 for 1964's best illustrated book for children. The illustrator was Beni Montresor. Montresor was also known as a designer of costumes, sets, and the lighting for operas. The illustrations for May I Bring a Friend? certainly have a grand opera vibe!

De Regniers poetry, though, is what brings me back to the book at least once a year! Here's the opening:
The King and Queen
Invited me
To come to their house
On Sunday for tea.

I told the Queen
And the Queen told the King
I had a friend
I wanted to bring.

The King told the Queen.
"My dear, my dear,
Any friend of our friend
Is welcome here."

So I brought my friend...

The little boy brings a giraffe to tea, a hippo the next day, and he and his out-of-the-ordinary friends continue to visit throughout the week.

A whole lot of fun awaits you in this book!

You'll find more poetry fun today at Sloth Reads where Rebecca is hosting the Round-Up!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

What Are You Doing Saturday Morning?

A good portion of Americans will be watching the wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and American, Meghan Markle, on May 19. The ceremony begins at noon in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and will end around 1:00 pm. The ceremony will be officiated by The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. (See more of the schedule here.)

Photograph by @alexilubo.

Noon at Windsor Castle will be 7:00 am here, so get ready to eat breakfast in front of the telly!

If you want to feel a part of the festivities, wear a fascinator or a tiara. Perhaps white gloves? For your breakfast, bake some scones the night before, and purchase clotted cream to go with them. If weddings make you verklempt, be sure to have a box of tissues handy!

Are you ready? Not until after you borrow one of these:

Brown, Tina. The Diana Chronicles. [B DIA, eAudio]

Cannon, John. The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Monarchy. [941 CAN]

Edwards, Anne. Royal Sisters: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret. [B ELI]

A Heritage of British Monarchy: A Chronicle of History, Romance and Scandals. [DVD 352.23 HER]

The Royal Wedding: William & Catherine. [DVD 942.085 ROY]

Smith, Sally Bedell. Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life. [B CHA]

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody & Her Sisters

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody was born on this date in 1804. You may not be familiar with the name, but, you may have heard of the "Peabody sisters of Salem." The Peabody sisters were three very accomplished women who spent their formative years in Salem, MA. Elizabeth was the eldest sister, followed by Mary Tyler Peabody born in 1806, and Sophia Amelia Peabody in 1809. Her siblings also included three brothers, but it was the sisters who made names for themselves. Mary was an educational reformer and married fellow reformer, Horace Mann, of "Go west, young man," fame. Sophia was an artist-illustrator and married novelist, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Elizabeth, too, was an educational reformer and started the first kindergarten in the U.S., modeled after the kindergartens of Germany. She believed that play was important to the development of children and had educational value. (A belief in the value of play has come back into educational consciousness once again in the 21st century.)

Elizabeth was also a bookstore owner, and quite possibly became the first American woman publisher when she started her own printing press. She and her sisters led busy and intellectually stimulating lives! You can read about them in The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism by Megan Marshall [eBook].

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Did You Know?

Did you know 1940s Hollywood star, Hedy Lamarr, was also an inventor? And not the inventor of a new mop or better mousetrap, but the inventor of the communication technology that led to today's WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth! She was a woman clearly ahead of her time since she did her scientific work 70 years ago.

This Friday, NHPTV will air PBS's American Masters, "Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story."

We a biography of Lamarr, Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes [B LAM]. If you miss the television airing, look for Bombshell in our DVD collection [DVD B LAM].

Friday, May 11, 2018

Poetry Friday--All Kinds of Mothers

Sunday is Mother's Day and I imagine there will be many mother poems today for Poetry Friday. You can check them out at the Poetry Friday Round-Up being hosted at Jama's Alphabet Soup.

Let's make it a point to celebrate all mothers this weekend, both human and animal! Here's a poem from the point of view of a seal mother. It is from Rudyard Kipling's "The White Seal," a chapter in the novel, The Jungle Book. You can find the excerpt in Poetry For Young People: Rudyard Kipling, edited by Eileen Gillooly and illustrated by Jim Sharpe [J 821 KIP].
Oh! Hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us,
    And black are the waters that sparkled so green.
The moon, o’er the combers, looks downward to find us
    At rest in the hollows that rustle between.
Where billow meets billow, then soft be thy pillow;
    Oh weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease!
The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee,
    Asleep in the arms of the slow swinging seas.

As you may expect, after reading this sweet poem, someone has set it to music as a lullaby.

Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Don't Forget! Sunday is Mother's Day!

If you haven't sent your mother a card yet, you'd better stop reading and run off to the post office right now! With any luck, it'll arrive on Saturday and you'll be considered a model child.

You may be interested in comparing your experiences of being a child, or a mother, with someone else's. Look for one of these MOMoirs!

Bui, Thi. The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir. [CX B BUI]

Cohen, Alice Eve. The Year My Mother Came Back. [eBook]

Corrigan, Kelly. Glitter and Glue: A Memoir. [B COR, eBook, eAudio]

Hall, Meredith. Without a Map: A Memoir. [B HAL, eBook]

Kear, Nicole C. Now I See You: A Memoir. [B KEA]

Kimmel, Haven. She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana. [B KIM, AB/CD B KIM]

Lerner, Betsy. The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir. [B LER]

Myers, Alyse. Who Do You Think You Are?: A Memoir. [B MYE, AB/CD B MYE]

Wariner, Ruth. The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir. [B WAR, AB/CD B WAR]

Weldon, Michele. Escape Points: A Memoir. [eBook]

Happy Mother's Day! to all of Windham's moms!