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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Books Appreciated

My nieces and nephew called yesterday. I love to hear their young, enthusiastic voices on the other end, telling me what they are doing and what they love. They had just unwrapped the books we got for their Christmas gifts. They know before opening the packages that books are contained inside the paper, but they still appreciate the surprise of the new titles. The oldest was thrilled to get The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back and noticed right away how Tom Angleberger drew Origami Yoda and Darth Paper on the title pages with his personalized signature. The ever-sincere middle child loved all her books, but she especially adored Tiny Treasures (out-of-print, unfortunately, but I snagged a good used copy), a terrific American Girl publication that features itty-bitty craft projects made from common objects. And the littlest liked everything: Can't Sleep Without Sheep, My Heart is Like a Zoo, and two more. I love imaging them reading.


  1. Like you, I love giving books to my (great) nieces. I know they will enjoy them over and over again.
    FRIENDS by Catherine Thimmesh
    THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN MINNESOTA by Constance Van Hoven and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
    ONE PUP'S UP by Marsha Wilson Chall and illustrated by Henry Cole
    MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT by Chris Monroe
    and A DOG IS A DOG by Stephen Shaskan
    were the books they unwrapped from me this year.