Happy Birthday Kevin Henkes— another author on my Evergreen Valentine list.

November 27, 2009

I have a few things in common with Kevin Henkes… As a child he loved to re-read books and he liked to take them everywhere. Even better, all his books showed signs of love— fingerprints on the pages, his name inscribed on the front and back cover and he liked peanut butter— and he was curious about the authors— did they have families, how old were they, where did they live?

And of course, I am still curious about Kevin Henkes and I love his books!
A quote from just one of my many favorites—

“He couldn’t help but give in to the occasional temptation to replay past events in his mind, altering them, changing them from cruel to comfortable, from sad to happy, from unfair to accommodating. Anything was possible in his imagination. Any ending. If only thinking it could make it so.” Kevin Henkes, Bird Lake Moon

What author would you put on your Valentine List?

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2009

There is a saying in my family that a superior meal must be accompanied by first-rate conversation. In keeping with this tradition, Thanksgiving – no matter the menu –provides an opportunity to talk about thankfulness and appreciation. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with cuisine, conversation and camaraderie. Some conversation jump starters— * Aldous Huxley […]


“Happy Birthday William Steig” November 14, 1907-October 2003

November 13, 2009

I always try and be the first person to wish my sons “Happy Birthday”. Depending on what time zone they are living in, I often need to call them a day ahead so, no surprise that I also want to be the first to wish William Steig a Happy Birthday for November 14. He would […]


Imaginary Friends

November 9, 2009

To pay proper homage to Snuffleupagus, who used to be Big Bird’s imaginary friend until parents complained for the show to make him “real”, here are a few of my favorite books about imaginary friends. Leon and Bob by Simon James Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child by Bob Graham Tashi by Anna Fienberg One of my […]


Note to Parents: Disney is offering a refund to any parent who sends in their Baby Einstein videos.

November 4, 2009

The Baby Einstein videos were marketed to parents with young children (newborn-toddler), with the implication that they would turn your child into a genius. Baby Einstein, founded in 1997, was part of a large electronic media market for babies and toddlers. An article on the NY Times website said “According to a 2003 study, a […]


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