Abe Lincoln's Dream

Abe Lincoln's Dream by Lane Smith.
Roaring Book Press, 2012.

Abraham Lincoln was born on this day, February 12, in 1809. Both girls have been learning about Lincoln in school this week, along with that other February-born presidential icon, George Washington.  (Monday is President's Day, and a day off from school.) We just so happen to have this beautiful book by Lane Smith checked out from the library.

Abe Lincoln's Dream begins with the presidential dogs through the years. There are real reports that many White House dogs will not go near the bedroom of the sixteenth president. There are rumors of a ghost wearing a stove pipe hat.  Then one day, a little girl named Quincy sees the man in the hat. He walks through a wall.

He is disturbed by a dream about a ship, moving toward an indistinct shore. Quincy takes his hand and shows him what has become of the country since his death.  Some of it is good.  Some of it needs improving.  "We're working on that."


The words and imagery have a dreamlike quality.  You can see them better at the Macmillan website.

Or here in the trailer.



There is also an interview with Lane Smith about this book from a 2012 episode of "All Things Considered" on the NPR website that is worth checking out.


There just isn't much left for me to say.  This lovely book speaks for itself.  Go look.

Visiting the Lincoln Memorial, August 2013.


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Shirley Temple's Favorite Tales of Long Ago

Shirley Temple's Favorite Tales of Long Ago.
Random House, 1958.

I have a confession. This morning, when I read that Shirley Temple Black had passed away, at the age of 85, I actually shed a few tears. I don't know why. She has been out of the public eye for some time now, and she stopped making movies and television shows by 1961. Maybe it's because I read her autobiography, Child Star, only a year and a half ago. Maybe it was the childhood memories of watching The Little Princess and Heidi on Nickelodeon in the 1980s. Or perhaps it's the fact that all these many years later, I still enjoy watching those movies with my daughters, Bright Eyes and The Blue Bird and her television anthology series "Shirley Temple's Storybook."



Sitting right next to my computer was this book, Shirley Temple's Favorite Tales of Long Ago. Back in 2012, I shared a lovely anthology, Shirley Temple's Storybook, here on the the blog. Like that book, this one ties in with her late-'50s/early-'60s television series.  I don't know why I hadn't posted about this one yet. Maybe I was saving it for this very day...

back cover

beautiful endpapers

title page

"The Magic Fishbone," illustrated by Sheila Greenwald 

"The Magic Fishbone," illustrated by Sheila Greenwald 

"The Nightingale," illustrated by Jeanyee Wong

"The Nightingale," illustrated by Jeanyee Wong

"The Nightingale," illustrated by Jeanyee Wong

"The Valiant Little Tailor," illustrated by Gertrude Elliott Espenscheid

"The Valiant Little Tailor," illustrated by Gertrude Elliott Espenscheid

"The Valiant Little Tailor," illustrated by Gertrude Elliott Espenscheid

"The Little Lame Prince," illustrated by Dick Dodge

"The Little Lame Prince," illustrated by Dick Dodge

"The Little Lame Prince," illustrated by Dick Dodge

Little Sis was asking me just the other day for a Shirley Temple doll.  We see them occasionally at the antique mall, but the asking price is always too high for a doll in terrible condition.  And they are always in terrible condition.  These dolls were loved.

I would happily settle for the "America's Sweetheart" DVD collection.

In the mood to watch a little Shirley today?  The Little Princess is always the easiest movie to find, as it fell into the public domain years ago.  It's on Hulu, free with Amazon Prime Instant, and really...  it's on YouTube, folks.



Also on Netflix is Miss Annie Rooney, from her short-lived stint at MGM as a teenager.  Amazon Instant has a huge selection of Shirley Temple movies for rental or purchase.  Episodes from "Shirley Temple's Storybook" and some of the early-'30s "Baby Burlesques" are on Hulu.  And yes, there are tons of movies on YouTube.  

Rest in Peace, Shirley Temple Black.




For more Shirley Temple, you can also check out my "Shirley Temple" board on Pinterest.  And here is today's obituary from The Washington Post.

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Sister Love


Valentine's Day is four days away, and here are two precious Valentines of mine, working away on Little Sis's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Valentine cards.

They don't always get along, but I'm so happy that moments like this one outnumber the bad ones.

Here are a few favorite picture books about big sisters and little sisters.




Chloe, Instead by Micah Player.  Chronicle Books, 2012.

We won a signed copy of this adorable, cool picture book from Chronicle.  Micah Player is one of the forces behind the hip Lately, Lily kids' clothing line, and this book is just as hip.  The big sister explains how she wished for a sister that would be just like her, but she got Chloe, instead.  After she yells at little Chloe for disrupting her keyboard practice, she invites Chloe to dance.  In the end, she's happy she got Chloe, instead of her dream sister.

Big Sis was only two when Little Sis was born, but by the time Little Sis grew into a playmate, even she had her moments of disappointment and frustration, stemming from their different personalities and styles of play. I'm happy to report that for the most part, she is happy and appreciative of who Little Sis has become.









Sigh.  This adorable book, written and illustrated by the wonderful LeUyen Pham, seems to no longer be in print.  This book is from the little sister's perspective.  The big sister gets all the new things (no hand-me-downs), the privileges that come with being older, and of course, the "I'm older so I'm right!" attitude.  But sometimes, it's awesome to have a big sister, someone to tell you stories, to help you when you're scared.  

Visit the book's website for some sweet extras.


Big Sis, like most older siblings, does have a bit of a bossy side.  This book is great for both girls.




Oh, Charlotte Zolotow.  She was one of the true greats, right?  So here we have the tale of two sisters, playing in an idyllic field.  Little Sister decides to run off from her overbearing Big Sister.  When she finally returns, she finds her big sister crying, and they realize how much they both love and need each other.  

What is there left to say?  This book is perfection.


I know there are great books for all sorts of sibling combinations out there.  I'm just concentrating on a few favorites that relate to my family.  Now out into the snow I go!  Happy Monday!


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