*I finally finished a book!
The Golden Phoenix: Eight French-Canadian Fairy Tales by Marius Barbeau, retold by Michael Hornyansky. Okay, so it was a very short book at just under 150 pages, but it was a book nonetheless. And quite an enjoyable one. It's not that I'd forgotten that I love folktales, but I think I had forgotten just how much I love them. There wasn't a single tale in this collection that I didn't enjoy. Quite the contrary...this was a wonderful little collection! In my limited experience with folktales overall, I think I've only previously read one French-Canadian tale, "The Talking Cat," so it was great fun to read the tales in this book. They definitely had both their own feel (like containing lots of Jacques and Jean Petits :D ), but they also seemed to contain all those classic folktale elements. Bottom line, I highly recommend this book to folktale lovers of all ages!
*Wonderful blogger friends who introduce me to books that I likely never would have heard of otherwise. Yes, as in the book above. Thank you, Kailana!!!
*The wonder of imagination.
This adorable little munchkin (I'm his mom--I'm allowed to be biased) lost the first of those all-important top front teeth. I asked him if he thought the tooth fairy would be paying him a visit that night. He answered, "There is no tooth fairy." Oh man, my heart just sank...how could he be growing up so fast?!! But then I asked him where the money came from and where the lost teeth disappeared to. His answer: the Tooth Cloud. Huh? Well, according to young Maxidoodle, the Tooth Cloud drops down the money and then sucks up the tooth. This was a totally new one to me, so I asked him who told him about the Tooth Cloud. "Nobody. I just heard it in my head. And I'm pretty sure I'm right."
(Yes, the Tooth Cloud did come through for him.)
*Wonderful blogger friends who send me e-mails that make my heart smile. For all kinds of different reasons. Thank you, Nymeth and Shanra!!!
*Silliness. Plain and simple.
Don't lists of books just make you giddy right down to your toenails?!! Well, I just found one I'm super excited about. Susan at Black-Eyed Susan posted her unofficial list of great YA by or about women of color. It's my new personal reading challenge to read them all. Susan is pretty new blogger to me...and she's so awesome. Renay kind of awesome. Nymeth kind of awesome. Eva kind of awesome. Dewey kind of awesome. You know, that kind of awesome that speaks up about things that matter. The kind of awesome that makes a difference.