As I talked with the staff about our upcoming book festival, a wee customer brought a box of fake food that can be "cut" for serving to the counter. She was quite articulate about her purchase, and hefted the box with a grunt to a staff member who needed to bend to take it from her.
My teaching partner and I perused new books this afternoon, read things we had been hoping to see (like Tom Lichtenheld's Cloudette - gosh, I love his humor), and admired all the new Ravensburger games and puzzles. The visit yielded a birthday gift for my first-grade neighbor, a paperback copy of Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Gingerbread, two copies of Margi Preus's new book Celebritrees, and one book my husband chose. I left contented...and went home to read.