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Books My Mother Gave Me

What are the books you most associate with each of your parents? The list on my father’s side is shockingly short — Rabbit Hill, the works of James Thurber, and the beloved Jack Kent comic strip King Aroo. Instead, almost every book I think of loving as a child was given to me by Mom, with the…

Christmas, Remembered by Tomie de Paola

Tomorrow: my annual roundup of the best picture books of 2013! TITLE: Christmas Remembered AUTHOR + ILLUSTRATOR: Tomie dePaola PUBLISHED BY: Puffin/Putnam, 2006 In the first of 10 stories about Christmas in Tomie DePaola’s Christmas, Remembered, he tells us of the first Christmas he remembers: the Christmas of the miraculous fireplace. When he was three…

A Small Nativity by Aquiles Nazoa and Ana Palmero Caceres

TITLE: A Small Nativity AUTHOR: Aquiles Nazoa ILLUSTRATOR: Ana Palmero Caceres PUBLISHED BY: Groundwood Books Nazoa, a winner of the Venezuelan National prize for Journalism, created this little poem about the birth of Christ. Embellishing tradition somewhat, he brought the figures of Mary and Joseph into the culture and context of Venezuela. His poem captured…

Adventures of Cow

Title: Adventures of Cow Title: Adventures of Cow, Too Author/Illustrator: Marshall Taylor and Lori Korchek Publisher: Tricycle Press Buy it here Adventures of Cow is probably the silliest book I have ever encountered. And I love it. Normally, I’m not a fan of the photographic picture books. It seems to me one of the most…

The Wonderful O

The Wonderful O by James Thurber Illustrations by Marc Simont Last night, tired, but awake, I grabbed the first book on my shelf, the underappreciated volume by James Thurber, The Wonderful O. Thurber was a marvelous writer and cartoonist for the New Yorker(Dorothy Parker said his drawing looking like half-baked cookies). My siblings and I…