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national poetry month, day 17.

Traditional rhymes about book ownership, from I Saw Esau, illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

Book Protection
                       109
Steal not this book for fear of shame,
For in it is the owner’s name;
And if this book you chance to borrow,
Return it promptly on the morrow.
Or when you die the Lord will say,
Where’s that book you stole away?
And if you say you do not know,
The Lord will answer, Go below!
                       110
If this book should chance to roam–
Box its ears and send it home.
                        111
Do not steal this book, my lad,
     For lots of money it cost my dad;
And if he finds you, he will say,
     “Go to Boston jail today!”
                       112
This book is one thing,
My fist is another;
Steal not the one
For fear of the other.
                       113
Who folds a leaf down,
The devil toast brown;
Who makes mark or blot,
The devil toast hot;
Who steals this book
The devil shall cook.

who wants to be a poodle i don’t, by lauren child

I’ve neglected childrens literature in my what I’m reading posts. Leslie bought this book for some small friends of ours recently, and I recommend it to anyone who’s a fan of this art form. Trixie Twinkle Toes hates her name, and longs to run through puddles. She’s stuck indoors through every rainy day in deference to her glamorous owner’s impressive shoe collection. Trixie yearns to be a real dog. Follow the story of how Trixie earns her doggie cred through Lauren Child’s enchanting Who Wants to be a Poodle I Don’t (published by the always impressive Candlewick Press). Gorgeous, densely collaged illustrations by the author are a treat in themselves – a wonderful story just makes it that much better.

crush month: day 13

This lovely, lovely book:


I’ve always loved children’s books, but recently I’ve been feeling nostalgic for a few special books that I remember from when I was a kid. They all have a distinctive type of illustration, and I think the yearning was brought on by pillow covers I bought from IKEA (see below). I’m really wishing that I still had a copy of The Plant Sitter by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham. Because it’s charming and beautiful, and also because it’s now about $75.00 for a good copy. Ouch.