Little Sis's "Scar Haws"

Little Sis has a macabre streak.  But I've told you that before...

This is how she chose to entertain a friend we watched at our house for an hour yesterday.  They made a "scare house."  And on that note...

Merry Weekend!  Happy Reading!

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Hansel and Gretel (Little Golden Book, 1943)

Hansel and Gretel (Little Golden Book) by Jacob and William Grimm,
illustrated by Erika Weihs.  Simon and Schuster, 1943.

Like most decent Little Golden Book collectors, I have the popular Eloise Wilkin-illustrated edition of Hansel and Gretel.  Even though it's out of print, there a many used copies floating about, and they're usually pretty cheap.  The Wilkin edition is from 1954, and I knew it wasn't the first, but I hadn't come across the older version yet.  Until Tuesday, during a trip to my favorite antique mall.  This "I" edition has a messy spine and worn cover, but the pages are in lovely condition.

This is the 1943 Little Golden Book of Hansel and Gretel, illustrated by Erika Weihs. An About the Artist on the title page reads:
 Erika Weihs, a native of Vienna, came to this country in 1938 and specialized in greeting card art before turning to children's book illustration.  She lives in New York with her husband, an advertising artist.  Among the many books Mrs. Weihs has illustrated are Hello, I'm Adeline; Heidi; and Tales of Many Lands.

I love how the sun comments on the action, smiling here, fearful looks there.  I'm still partial to the Wilkin illustrations, but these pictures are quite charming, don't you think?

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Alice in Wonderland (Wonder Book)

Adventures from the Original Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, adapted and abrided
by Marcia Martin, illustrated by Laszlo Matulay.  Wonder Books/Grosset & Dunlap Inc., 1951.

I lied.  Yesterday, I said I didn't have any books to show you this week.  Now I've shuffled my schedule all around and I have not one, but two books.  I'm a silly blogger.

Today's book is a Wonder Book, one of those wonderful, cheap picture book series that sprung up after the success of Little Golden Books.  I rather love the illustrations in this one.

The full title is Adventures From the Original Alice in Wonderland, and it is adapted and abridged by Marcia Martin.  "The illustrations are after Sir John Tenniel, drawn in color by Laszlo Matulay."  The book includes a few elements from Through the Looking Glass, too, such as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and Humpty Dumpty.

I love love love me some Alice.

The last two illustrations are my favorite, but I am rather partial to the little oysters in "The Walrus and the Carpenter" segment, too.  The hats!

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Our Valentine's Day

Wow.  I haven't posted anything since last Thursday!  Not even a "Happy Valentine's Day" post.  I am so sorry!  Life was very busy this weekend.  My play opened last Wednesday and closed Sunday.  Only a one-weekend show, and I have to admit, I'm rather bummed that it's over.  The houses were small, but I can honestly say, I'm not sure when I was last in a play that got so much audience feedback.  It was a rush.  To top it off, I was working with some of my favorite people, and I already miss seeing them everyday.  Thus, no post yesterday for President's Day.  But who cares about President's Day?  Let's talk Valentine's Day!

I am not a big fan of romantic Valentine's Day.  I used to call it Hallmark Day.  And while I've had my own everyday Valentine since 2001, we are of the mindset that we don't really need a specific day to shower each other with gifts and chocolate and flowers.  (I need no excuse for chocolate - period.)  I love the sweetness of little kid Valentine's Day, though:   Passing out Valentines at school, paper hearts taped to windows and doors, parties with treats and happy, hyper kiddos.  I wasn't home in the evenings last week to help them decorate their Valentine's Day boxes, so I went to Michael's and stocked up on two brown photo boxes, lots of clearance stickers and even some 99 cent paper straws.  Then as my grandmother watched, they went to town on those boxes all by themselves!  

The girls picked out their Valentines over Christmas break!  Neither one wanted to make their own this year (yay, Momma needs a craft break!). Little Sis chose My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Big Sis chose Frozen.

Of course, if you follow any number of book blogs, you might know that Valentine's Day was also International Book Giving Day.  I felt a little bad, in that I gave no books as gifts on Valentine's Day, but you may remember, the girls got their gifts from me a bit early.  Big Sis got a complete set of I Survived books, while Little Sis got this.

On Friday morning, there was a note on the kitchen table from Mr. B.

He went to a popular "geek" store, and picked out presents for each of us.  I got a Jane Austen Action Figure!  He picked out a Geek Pen for Big Sis, with all sorts of fun functions.  She loves it.  For Little Sis, he found a cute little anime plush, not knowing anything about the show from which she was taken.  She turned out to be Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh, which the girls aren't really old enough to watch.  Little Sis loves the little plush, though.  Sakaki is feeding a kitty, who is obviously about to chomp down on her hand.  A little dark and disturbing, right up Little Sis's alley.

Little Sis drew this drawing of her Sakaki plush in about two minutes that morning.

I joined the girls at school later in the day to help with the parties.  I brought a meat and cheese tray for Big Sis and watched her put Valentines in her friends' boxes and bags.  Some of the kids had Valentines for me, as I'm the Thursday storytime lady!  Then I raced through the halls to Little Sis's class, where they were decorating sugar cookies and having a dance party.  It was so cute and a lot of fun.

So that was Valentine's Day.  After school, I had a play to perform, and Mr. B was already at work for the evening.  Not so romantic, but very sweet.

Much like last February, we haven't done as much reading as I'd like, but I'll get caught up soon.  I have a few non-book things I'd love to post about this week, if you don't mind...

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's day!

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