Here are a few books on my to read list that look splendid. I’m sure they will be masterpiece material and a delightful read.
“Once upon a time, in a land you only think you know, lived a little girl and her mother…or the woman she thought was her mother. Every day, when the little girl played in her pretty garden, she grew more curious about what lay on the other side of the enormous garden wall. As she grew older, things seemed weirder and weirder, until the day she finally climbed to the top of the wall and was horrified by what she saw beyond.
Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale teams up with husband Dean Hale and brilliant artist Nathan Hale (no relation) to bring readers a swashbuckling and hilarious twist on the classic story as you’ve never seen it before. Watch as Rapunzel and her amazing hair team up with a mysterious boy named Jack to gallop around the wild and western landscape, changing lives, righting wrongs, and changing their world forever.”
“Park and Durango present the sounds people make to express such things as distaste, laughter, and surprise. The outer pages of the foldouts detail people sounds in various languages and dialects, such as Danish, Yoruba, Korean, and Farsi. These words and phrases, surrounded by pastel borders, are accompanied by children expressing these sounds with clear facial expressions and gestures. On the inner pages, the English translation is revealed along with Rama’s ink, watercolor, and crayon illustrations of these youngsters enacting a scenario that would prompt a yuck, yum, or yikes response.”
Side note: Lately I have been feeling crazy over the woes of balancing motherhood with writing. How is it done? Guilt is not a good friend for neglect of anything you love! So when I read this post here I suddenly felt lifted, it was humbling to know that my balance was not far off from what it should be. The grass was green again, the sky blue, and my desire of accomplishing both motherhood and writing restored!