Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Diane Goode's Book of Giants and Little People

I found this post that I had written but never published from a couple of years ago.  Madeleine is no longer in school (she's working now) and Charlotte and my days are a bit busier than just hammock lounging!  But it's still true about the bookshop!


Such fine, fine weather we've been having!  This is the season of fresh cherries, sheets on the line and cut flowers lining the windowsills.  Madeleine often comes home from school to find Charlotte and I laying on the hammock with a scattering of books around us.  More often than not she joins us there beneath the trees and reads through the picture books too.

One of our very favorite things to do is go to the used bookshop.  The books are so cheap, we usually come home with a box or two and promptly bring them outside, where we sort through and read them.  The kids like to spread a blanket and picnic with snacks and lemonade.  It really is the best way to spend a shady afternoon.

Diane Goode 1997

This book, a collection of stories and a few poems was a recent companion in our backyard. There's some familiar stories like "The Shoemaker and the Elves" and some from other countries. Madeleine told me she really enjoyed the last one "Wiley and the Hairy Man", of African-American origin.  Plus I've always liked Diane Goode's pictures.  (This is a nice companion to Goode's book of Silly Stories).

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