From frost to flowers to fruit

We rarely get frost this far south, but even if you don’t take that into account, Florida is a crazy place when it comes to weather. In just a little over one month we have gone from frost to flowers to fruit. And the bowl of tomatoes was just the first of many! I have …

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Read-Along Books… they’re not just for kids!

I have mentioned my early reading adventures in several posts now, and recently I have had another come floating up from the depths of my memory… Disney’s read-along books. They came with a record that slid into a pocket in the back of the book and I loved them! All of a sudden, books became …

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Fairytale Series – The Swan Maiden

I first read The Swan Maiden by Howard Pyle in those wonderful red books that I had found tucked away in my grandmama’s house. I loved the idea of a young woman who could turn into a swan, a three eyed witch who lived in a house that shone like fire and the barley woman …

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Stories Without Words

Some of our oldest stories were told in pictures. Even today, there are some wonderful books that tell their stories without any words at all. Their pictures, seeds that take root in the imagination, blooming into a different story each time we look at them. The Silver Pony by Lynd Ward is one such book. …

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I must be hungry…

This post certainly falls into the random thoughts category! I was going through pictures, looking for ones I can put into a calendar for this upcoming year; however, the pictures that seemed to keep grabbing my attention were the ones of food. Ummmm, food! One thing all of us share in one way or another, …

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Fairy tale series – The Rocking Horse

In a previous post I mentioned how different our memories sometimes paint the stories of our childhood, and that how, for me, the underlying theme of Housmans’ Rocking Horse Land was so much changed between my reading of it as a child and my reading of it as an adult. Well, one of the pictures …

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Through the Eyes of a Child

Have you ever gone back to read the fairytales you loved as a child? Were you surprised to find them different then you remembered? Not necessarily the stories themselves, but the parts we take away from them. When I went back to read Rocking Horse Land by Laurence Housman, I was surprised to find that …

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Fairytale Series – The Tiger Prince

Some years ago now, and looking at this picture I realize just how many years ago, my daughter’s class visited to our local zoo. I was with them (we always went on these adventures together) and she had kind of surprised me by going over to sit on this bronze tiger. As soon as I …

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Tam Lin

For my tenth birthday, my aunt and uncle gave me several interesting books, one of which was A White Horse with Wings by Anthea Davis. Printed in 1968, it is a collection of stories, most of which are retellings of fairy tales and myths. I read them many times through out my childhood. And one …

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