Twenty years ago I traveled through India for three weeks, so when I heard Dena Moes interviewed about her family's eight month pilgrimage to India, I knew I wanted to read her travel memoir about that journey, The Buddha Sat Right Here. I thought it would be a fun to "see" India again through someone else's eyes, … Continue reading Book: The Buddha Sat Right Here
You know how Amazon.com will make recommendations to you based on your previous purchases? Well, after buying some cello repertoire for my 10-year-old cellist, Amazon recommended the young adult novel Great Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill. After reading the about it, I decided to check it out from the library. At first my 10-year-old looked … Continue reading Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill
Recently I read The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason. It was published in 2002, and I think it was also turned into a movie, but I haven't seen that yet. I would recommend it for adults. I doubt I would have liked it as a teenager. It's set in 1886 and begins in London where … Continue reading The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
When Stacey O'Brien was introduced to a little barn owl chick that had nerve damage in his wing, making it impossible for him to return to the wild, she knew she was meant to become his caretaker. Wesley the Owl is a heartwarming memoir that I believe both mature teens or adults could enjoy. Stacey … Continue reading Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina was always on my bucket list, so my husband bought me the new translation by husband/wife team Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. They are translators of many Russian novels, and their work is critically acclaimed. This translation of Anna Karenina was published in 2000 and was the winner of the Pen/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation … Continue reading Book: Anna Karenina
One of my goals is to read more nature and science books, and I particularly love birds, so when I found Ravens in Winter by Bernd Heinrich at a library book sale, I couldn't pass it up. I knew that more research had already been done on ravens because I had seen an interesting documentary about … Continue reading Book: Ravens in Winter
Since I have two boys, I cannot help but be interested in information to help me understand the unique needs of boys. Below is a list of books and online resources that I have found, and I plan to add to this list as I find more. I hope you'll contribute to this by leaving … Continue reading Worthy Reads about Raising and Educating Boys
Recently I read the book The Secret of Happy Children by Steve Biddulph, which is an oldie but goodie in the world of parenting books. The title appealed to me because like every mother, I want my kids to be happy. I also like the fact that it’s not a long book, and Biddulph writes with ease and humor.
We are not telling these stories to sell them. It's a one-time love offering to our children. Get your ideas anywhere! It doesn't have to be original or told with perfect diction. If it's a bad story, don't worry. You'll forget it and tell another one the next day.
Take away the pressure to create a good story and simply speak about what you love, where you would like to be, what you'd like to be doing and with the kind of people you love, and you create a beautiful fantasy that both you and your child can dream on and keep with you throughout your day. And then, of course, you might start to notice how your life parallels the lives of your characters...