Monday, April 22, 2013

The Hidden Bestiary

Judy Young
illustrated by Laura Francesca Filippucci 2009

In keeping with a hidden animal theme, here's another square book (making scanning for this blog tricky) that has great illustrations.  A 19th century explorer has discovered a broken case and something missing at the "Finchhaven Museum of Extraordinary Curiosities, Oddities and Improbabilities".  It's up to you to help find the hidden clues in the pictures from his travels around the world.  As he tracks down the animals on his list you must determine "Is it alive?  Is it extinct?  Did it ever exist?"

I love that this museum picture looks like The Wagner Institute!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Puzzle Island

Paul Adshead 1995

Madeleine and Henry were my first puzzle book lovers.  We've spent many hours reading this one.  (I had to take photos because the large square size of the book doesn't fit easily on my scanner.)  The instructions are given in the form of letters and a code around the outside of the pictures tells you which animals are hidden.  Some are harder to spot than others.  I wouldn't recommend it as a bedtime book (there's too much to think about and do), but it makes for a nice rainy day activity.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lost and Found

Charlotte really loves hidden picture books.  This one isn't too hard and the pictures are bright and full of animals.  It's by Dahlov Ipcar who also wrote my favorite "Bug City".  The rhymes are about a little girl who has lost all her pets and must find them hidden on the following pages.  Can you spot them?
A Hidden Animal Book
by Dahlov Ipcar 1981

Monday, April 15, 2013

A Child's Book of Flowers

One time Henry and I took this book outside to see how many of the flowers we could find in the wooded part of our backyard.  There's not too much information given on each, but the vintage illustrations are nice and it's an interesting selection of wildflowers.

Irma Wilde 1952

These Trillium grow naturally in our woods.  It wasn't till we saw this picture that we identified them.  Ours have white flowers.

I love Jack-in-the Pulpits.  They're always a treat to find in the woods- every year we get about a dozen or so.  I wish I knew of a way to propagate them.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Flora's Feast A Festival of Flowers

It feels like just over-night blossoms have appeared.  Our fragrant hyacinths are up and so are great clusters of happy yellow daffodils.  It's definitely Spring, Spring, Spring!

Walter Crane (first published in 1889)

I thought I had lost this book for a while (apparently it was only misplaced on our bookshelves).  Walter Crane's artwork is tremendous of course.  Each flower is represented in fairy form and dress and you just want to gaze at the pictures.  Flora calls the flowers forth and first to come are the snowdrops.  All through the summer the flowers are arrayed, finally ending with the Autumn blooming mums and the Christmas Rose.  I've included the illustrations of the flowers that we have in our own garden.







(also known as a Hellebore)