Thursday, December 11, 2008

Open a Book

(Thanks to Jill for allowing me to use this picture of Téa)
Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them!
How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.
-Arnold Lobel
The holidays are just around the corner. If you are looking for a good book for a loved one or a book for you to curly up next to the fire and read, let me help.
The Thirteenth Tale was chosen by Jason for our book club about a year ago. At first I was skeptical. I am not a reader of fantasy/weird/unreal type books. In fact, the back of the book mentions ghosts and ghost stories. I complained a little, but started the book - I always start the books for bookclub, even if I don't finish them. However, after about a chapter I was hooked. It is an outstanding book with a lot of twists and turns and the "ghosts" are explained in the end. It is one of the best books I have read. Really!

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree is an oldie but a goodie. In fact, the book I have is from 1963 and done in ink drawing and green washes. It is very cute and the story is a sing-songy rhyme - there's just something fun about stories that rhyme. My mom read this to me when I was little (way after 1963 by the way) and I loved it. I read it to my students last week and they enjoyed it as well, even without the color pictures. All ages will love it!


  1. Hey, Did you just write this? When I came over this morning I kept going to a Tasty Tuesday post. I was very confused : ). I love, love, love a good book and I can't wait to see if I can pick this up at the library! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I would like to take credit for the Thirteenth Tale. I recommended it to Jason thankyouverymuch! :)

  3. Yay! I'm hoping we'll read another book like this soon. Or else maybe just God in a storage shed.

  4. LOL sci-fi/weird/un-real! I love it. I like my movies and school christmas recitals to be real and my books to be fantasy... but not sci-fi.

  5. I know I commented on this post. Jason must have ate it.
    Anyways, I liked the Thirteenth Tale, and Airborne does nothing for me..

    I hope you get better before you go on vacation!