Weekend Reading

Well, the grown-up has much to memorize (Shakespeare, no less), so I'm afraid that Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell has been placed on hold again.  Sigh.  I started The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict this week, too, as it was finally my turn at the library.  I won't have much time to read it, though, as I try to learn lines.  So I'll have to look to the little ones.  Darlings - what are you (or we) reading this weekend?

The answers:  Ivy + Bean: No News Is Good News (the last one until Book 9 comes out!) and whatever we get from the library!


We went to the library.




And our haul?  An old favorite that we still don't own; one we checked out long ago, loved, then forgot all about as we grew; a second book by the same author as the last one; a picture book about two famous authors; and a spooky-looking book with lovely artwork.

And while it will take longer than a weekend, I grabbed a little something for myself, too.

Looms and Jammies

The four to six-year-old set loves getting out the pot holder looms.

They also love wearing pajamas past noon, while watching rhythmic gymnastics on the Olympics.  

(They can do their own routines later.  And you can bet that they will!)

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (TASCHEN Books)

I wanted it.  A friend sent me an Amazon gift card over Facebook.  I spent it immediately.  (Look at the price!)  It arrived Monday.

And it is that beautiful.

You can find a slide show of illustrations on the publisher website.  Just click here.  

Illustrators include Kay Nielsen, Gustav Tenggren, Walter Crane, Arthur Rackham, and many great nineteenth-century German illustrators.  

Who wouldn't want to dive into this book, based on the title page alone?

On an unrelated note - well, sort of unrelated - I also got my very first DSLR for my birthday.  (Thank you, Daddy!)  I am a complete and total novice, but plan to learn how to use it!  I am hoping to upgrade my photo quality soon!  

Beautiful, Beautiful Old Books

I haven't even cleared the birthday stuff off the table yet (hello cards and candles!).

A very heavy package came today.

After months and months of trying, I finally won the Friday contest from one of my very favorite blogs, Forgotten Bookmarks.

And the prize?  Children's books!

1950s-era Nancy Drew!  Nancy was a childhood favorite of mine.

1950s-era Bobbsey Twins

An illustrated copy of Tom Sawyer from Harper & Brothers.  The last copyright date listed is 1917.  Somebody inscribed it as a gift in 1931.

Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings.  Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Fox, and Br'er Bear!
Two old books by Kate Douglas Wiggin, author of Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm.  These were her first two published titles.  They are later printings, but still very old.  The Story of Patsy is dated 1889.  The Birds' Christmas Carol is from 1899.  

Found inside the front cover of The Birds' Christmas Carol.
 I had a strange feeling that this would be my week.  Because this book was in the mix.

Remember my Shirley Temple post?  When I wrote that, I had just finished watching the 1940 film version of The Blue Bird for the first time.  The Blue Bird was a very popular play in the early part of the twentieth century.  The film was odd enough that I found myself researching the source material late one night, on the internet as I am wont to do.

By Georgette Leblanc (Madame Maurice Maeterlinck).  Maurice Maeterlinck wrote the play.
 I tend to become a wee bit obsessive with things that interest me.

I also own the 1918 silent film version, although I have yet to watch it.

An illustration from The Children's Blue Bird.

Sadly, this book is in need of a little tlc.

This binding has seen better days.
Now I must decide where to put these!

Obsessive Nostalgia Disorder Monday: On BunnyEars.TV and Pinwheel

Where I pay homage to those weird things from the past that haunted me as an adult.

Have you checked out BunnyEars.Tv?  I've shared posts from its Facebook page via my own, if you follow me there.  You can read its manifesto and about its origins here.  

The programs I love most are the ones I remember from Pinwheel.  Ha, she mentioned Pinwheel again!  But seriously, I did become rather obsessed with filling in those holes in my memory from my own childhood, once I had children.  When you had kids, did you begin vigorously hunting down those things you loved most when you were little?

BunnyEars.tv has resurrected a few of my favorites.  The Bunny With The Checkered (or Chequered) Ears is very dear to me.  I never forgot the opening of those cartoons.  I jumped for joy when I found the official website one day.  Using the original Hungarian title ( A Kockásfülű nyúl), I was finally able to find a HUGE number of the cartoons on YouTube.  The best part is my husband, who did not have cable as a kid - no Pinwheel for him! - loves these cartoons.  He'll sit and watch them with Little Sis sometimes.  

Bunny merchandise!  Oh, how I need to travel someday.

Bunny With the Checkered Ears!   

BunnyEars.TV has also brought back another Pinwheel favorite, the strange French stop-motion Chapi Chapo.  The music from this one makes me feel like I'm five years old again.  

Big Sis likes Chapi Chapo a lot, especially singing nonsense gibberish along with the theme song.  I suspect she's really watching with bemusement.  "My mom actually liked this?  It's so weird.  Silly mom!" She's too sweet to say it out loud, though.
Chapi Chapo - they're so cute.
BunnyEars.Tv also airs Bagpuss, also aired in the US on Pinwheel, and fondly remembered in its UK homeland.  The official website is so lovely.   Look!
Bagpuss Microwavable Slippers!!!  
Bagpuss shorts are a bit longer.  Here is one called "Ship in a Bottle."

BunnyEars.TV has other cartoons and programs, too, from Europe and Canada.  I admit I get stuck on the ones I remember most, but it's fun to check out "Today's Cartoon."  I might see something new! And yes, I said "I."  Because I must admit, I check out BunnyEars.TV more than my children do.

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