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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Seven Impossible Things . . .

Surely, at this point in time, it is a firmly established fact that I love books.  I especially love childrens' picture books.  Illustrations by Barbara Cooney bring characters like Miss Rumphius or Hattie or Emily Dickenson to life in her stories.  Patricia Pollacco's drawings - Mrs. Katz and Tush, The Wedding Quilt, celebrate different ethnic and religious backgrounds delight and celebrate the differences and the similarities in people.
Jerry Pinkney's work, just to sit and look at it, to notice the faint pencil lines of original ideas and how they changed or where enhanced offer a glimpse into the creative process an artist goes through.  Nothing, not one thing can ever compare to the artwork that Chris Van Allsburg accompanies his wild, wonderful and sometimes, a bit creepy stories with.  Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle - collage artists that have give the children of the world books like Eating the Alphabet and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  I could go on and on listing author/illustrator, one after another.  But, I think you get my point.

So, what does this all have to do with the letter S for Alphabet-Thursday?  

Well, S is for Seven Impossible Things . . .  a book about books, illstrations from books and the writers and artists that create them. 

Interviews offer us an opportunity to see the process come to fruition.  During the course of many of these interviews the interviewee may find themselves being asked 'What is your favorite word?' 'Your least favorite word?'  'What is your favorite sound?'  'If you could invite 3 writers/illustrators to dinner, who would they be?'  'If you didn't do what you do, what would you do?' 

It's interesting to see the answers given.  Some are very serious and other delightfully silly.  

If you think you would enjoy a visit to the site, I have listed the link here -


In honor of the 7 Impossible Questions link I will ask a question or two.

What is the first book you remember reading as a child?  ('I Like Butterflies', my mom taught me to read using this book when I was about 5)

What is your favorite storybook from childhood?  (One of my favorite books when I was little was Maurice Sendak's  'Little Bear's Visit'  - I just loved that book. I still have it.)
Goblin Story was my absolute favorite chapter!!!


So what are your answers?




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9 comments:

  1. the first book I remember reading was The Secret Garden by Frances H. Burnett. I know I read other books before that but it's the first one I remember. My favorite story book was a big book of poems and Mother Goose which was illustrated by Tasha Tudor.

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  2. I remeber reading Janet John Books , also had a lovely book about an armadillo cant remember the title or author that sadly is the story of my life I can never remember titles or authours . I also had the Hamlyn all colour bible I still have it and my very first encyclopedie
    Great Post
    Happy Easter

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  3. Great post!
    I can't quite remember the very first book I read, but a book I adored as a child was 'The Big Honey Hunt' about the Berenstain Bears. I read that one over and over! Another one was 'Leo the Lop' about a rabbit whose ears hung down. :-)
    Thanks for taking me on a trip down memory lane today!

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  4. The first story that I remember having read to me was one of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales - never very cheery, but always well-illustrated. My favourite book, for many years of childhood was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, followed closely by The Five Little Peppers.

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  5. my favorite children's book is the real Winnie the Poo (not the Disney version). I read it to my kids over and over when they were little...

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  6. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle springs to mind, about a woman who lives in an upside down house and befriends the neighborhood kids who need social lessons! Thanks for making me remember! My S: http://lmkazmierczak.blogspot.com/2013/03/satans-standing-room.html

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  7. Oh the books that you have all mentioned! I remember them too! Winnie the Pooh - the real one, not that Disney one. I still have my copy from childhood. And, The Five Little Peppers and How they Grew! The Secret Garden - I read a biography about LMM and she led quite an interesting life. And, any book illustrated by Tasha Tudor is a delight! My son love The Berenstein Bears!!! Oh, what fun to remember!

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  8. I remember reading A Child's Garden of Verses, or at least looking at the pictures. Later, my favorites were Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, The Secret Garden and all the Anne of Green Gables books. Frankly, I don't remember NOT reading :) Thanks for asking!

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  9. I don't remember the first book I read because I lvoe reading and have read So many books Since that day So long ago...

    This is a Spectacular post for the letter S...

    Thanks for linking.

    A+

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