Three Years of Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes

Today is the third anniversary of my very first post! Thank you to everyone who has joined me on this little ride. I do not pretend my blog is a very big deal. I don't really review books, I just gush about the ones I like. I'm not the most articulate writer, I have no clue how to use my DSLR, any crafts or cooking shared here are barely explained. I have no plans to monetize, or "grow my brand." This is just my little corner of the web, a bit of joy when stuff is heavy.

I've made some lovely bloggy friends along the way. Hugs and kisses to each of you, especially Melissa for encouraging me to do this in the first place. (Pinterest forever!)

A few more things to look back on:

And to conclude my little Dream Theme Week, here are some dreamy videos. 

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Once Upon A Cloud

Once Upon A Cloud by Claire Keane.
Dial Books, 2015.

First of all, thank you to Melissa for putting this one on my radar! We had to wait for our library to get a copy of this, but it was well worth it!

This dreamy picture book was written and illustrated by a former Disney visual development artist, whose credits include Tangled and Frozen. You can see a bit of that modern Disney cuteness in her little heroine, but there is also a hint of classic, old-fashioned Disney in some of the art, too.

Besides being a perfect bedtime book, this one turns out to be a lovely read for Mother's Day, too. I wish I would have had it on hand a couple weeks ago!

Little Celeste is pondering the perfect gift for her mother. She thinks and thinks and thinks, until one night, she has the most lovely fantasy of a dream.

"The Wind blew in and carried her away." Isn't that Wind just wonderful?

And Celeste proceeds to dance with stars, read stories with the Moon, and have tea with the Sun.

The Sun and Stars remind me of something out of Fantasia, which is on Netflix streaming, by the way.

Celeste returns home. When she wakes that morning, inspired by her beautiful dream, she knows just what to give to her mother.

Everything about this is so pretty and special. I'll leave with a bit of Fantasia, since the art in this book left me with those visuals stuck in my head!

Tomorrow marks my three-year blogoversary! In marriage-speak, that's leather or crystal/glass. In Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes-speak, expect a look back at three years and some favorite "dream" videos.

Merry Weekend! Happy Reading!

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Tell Me What To Dream About

There was a time when Big Sis would lull her sister to sleep by telling her what to dream. I don't know if they still do this - I'm guessing not. It was such a sweet thing.

Giselle Potter is better known as an illustrator - one of my favorites! - but this is one she wrote. Tell Me What To Dream About is about two sisters, and yes, the scenario is very familiar to me.

Tell Me What To Dream About by Giselle Potter.
Schwartz & Wade, 2015.

Two little girls are in their beds. The youngest turns to her older sister. "Tell me what to dream about or I won't be able to fall asleep," she pleads.

The older sister is full of darling suggestions, each playfully depicted on the page. Yet the little sister turns each one on its head, already certain how each dream could become a nightmare.

Eating waffles for breakfast is a boring dream, so the sister suggests "having teeny-tiny waffles with teeny-tiny animals." The little girl imagines animals stampeding across her plate.

Wouldn't frolicking about with teeny-tiny animals be fun? No, thinks the little girl. She doesn't want to be a giant!

What about a furry world, where everything is furry? Their house, their clothes, their friends. No, says the little girl. Furry friends are scary.

The older sister comes close a few times, but the little one is a bit of a contrarian.

[Sooooo familiar to me... ]

In the end, we're back to waffles for breakfast. And two very sleepy sisters.

You can read a bit more about it on Giselle Potter's blog. It's an enchanting book, and one we obviously relate to very much.

I also wanted to share one more favorite bedtime book with you. I adore Eugene Field's gorgeous poem "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod." [See here and here.]  Little Sis turned one in 2008, and for her birthday, she received the loveliest new picture book of the poem. This was my introduction to the art of Giselle Potter.

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene W. Field,
illustrated by Giselle Potter.
Schwartz & Wade, 2008.

Sadly, Penguin Random House has the book listed as "Out of Stock," and the Amazon listing leads to me to believe it's out of print. Such a shame, as it's so beautiful.

I have one more "dreamy" book to share with you tomorrow, and because I missed Monday, I may have a little something for Saturday, too.

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Dream Animals and Day Dreamers

I love Emily Winfield Martin's dreamlike art. If I had the extra money (and wall space), I would cover my house with whimsical prints from her Etsy shop. (I'm thinking about getting this one. Or this one...) I love Inside A Black Apple, her beautiful blog, and I still miss Some Girls Wander, her blog about old things. (Those vintage dresses!) I loved Oddfellow's Orphanage, and her paperdoll primer.

I am a fangirl. 

So now that I have her second picture book, Day Dreamers: A Journey of Imagination, in my possession (finally!), it's time for me to gush.

Because these picture books are beautiful.

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey by Emily Winfield Martin.
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2013.

Little Sis received Dream Animals for Christmas 2013. In fact, I think she unwrapped it at the same time I was opening this one!

This is such a special book for bedtime. I love the idea of children dreaming about riding giant animals through the sky.

And that's really all there is to it. The gentle rhyming text sings you to dreamland, with visions like these filling your head. What could be more perfect?

The old-fashioned art reminds me of 1930s color cartoons, like Ub Iwerks's "Humpty Dumpty" or Fleischers' "Somewhere in Dreamland." I think it's the color palette.

As I said above, I'm a little slow, but this week, we finally read the second picture book. I might like it better than Dream Animals.

Day Dreamers: A Journey of Imagination by Emily Winfield Martin.
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2014.

In this book, we see children first in the real world, inspired by something - a cloud, a painting - that makes their imagination take flight. The following page shows them in their daydream.

Once again, the simple text and premise is a catalyst for some spectacular art.

Is that gushy enough for you? I'm not a reviewer so much as an enthusiastic person happily showing you things that make her happy. And these make me happy.

There are some fun activities over at the Random House Kids page: printables, ecards, a storytime kit. Martin's third picture book comes out this August. She talked about it here. She also posted about editing a proper novel, larger than Oddfellow's, so I'm looking forward to that, as well.

More dreaminess tomorrow, this time courtesy of another favorite of mine, Giselle Potter.

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Florabelle by Sasha Quinton, illustrated by Brigette Barrager,
with photographs by Michel Tcherevkoff.
HarperCollins, 2015.

This week is Dream Week on Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes, for no other reason than I have a stack of books with a dream vibe going on. Isn't this cover lovely? I love Brigette Barrager! Florabelle is about a little daydreamer whose daydreaming gets her into trouble.

"Keep your head out of the clouds!" her mother always tells her.
But Florabelle was much too busy dreaming to listen. "I bet it's beautiful up there..."

Florabelle's daydreaming makes her miss breakfast. It makes her miss the bus to school. It makes her family very, very mad.

Her parents threaten to take away their trip to the beach, but Florabelle promises to be serious. She is much too excited to see the ocean for the first time.

The family heads to the beach, but suddenly, Florabelle isn't excited anymore. The sea isn't what she expected. She prefers to stay on the sand..

In the end, however, it's Florabelle's wild imagination that helps her overcome her fears.

This is such a sweet book. I think the message is important for grown-ups: Sometimes your little dreamer may drive you crazy, but those dreams just may help them someday. It's all about balance, right?

And these illustrations! Brigette Barrager is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Her glorious art is collaged with Michel Tcherevkoff's flower photographs, and the result is daydreamy magic. Kirkus called it "candy-coated," which is an apt description.  

I'll have more dreaminess for you tomorrow! Hope to "see" you then!

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