I have one of those boys. A child who draws morning, noon and night - at home or while camping!
He wakes up and draws and is often drawing when we tell him it truly is "time to turn out the light".
Maybe it was for that reason that we really enjoyed the biography The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon. Whereas our boy draws mostly nature fantastical creatures, his latest is a ninja weasel, John James Audubon drew lots and lots of... birds.
This book is a great historical story that's very well illustrated and written. I especially loved the textured, multi-medium and slightly whimsical art. We recommend it if you have naturalist/artists-in-residence as we do.
(those eye lashes make my heart go 'a flutter)
But sometimes life, and the different interests we all have, slows down to the measure of a steady heartbeat. An hour in late afternoon, when I'm on supper and all three sit, together, drawing and painting at the table.
I'm not reading these but they are worth mentioned as this book series is adored by all my children, ages 15, 13, & 12; a rare gift of literary connection in otherwise diverse interests and reading levels.
Another gorgeous Beth Powning book. Took longer for me to get into, different style than Shadow Child but similar lyrical prose and the same yearnings. A lot of stickie tabs in the margin. Just lovely.
Seeds of Summer (in Canada). Essays and photography of home, nature, 70s back to the land movement, creative living, making home, living a life imagine; practically in my back yard of New Brunswick. Beautiful.
My favorite type of writing all combined: a good story, a mother's memoir written with gorgeous metaphor, lyrical prose, all grounded in nature and beauty. I read this with commonplace book in hand and savor each word. A Canadian Katrina Kenison. 6/5.
A different kind of book for me, yet familiar in the "middle-aged-woman-examining-her-life" style I enjoy. A book about words and books and finding meaning, story, and structure in the written word (within native culture).
I had high hopes for this book but only gave it 3/5 stars. I liked the writing but the story itself was depressing and sad and I had never heard of Lucy Grealy before. Probably best to read Autobiography of a Face (by Grealy) before or with this book.
I've probably read less than a handful of murder mysteries but I am loving this book. Fascinating setting and plot, engaging Québec storyline, well written characters and laugh out loud dialogue. 5 stars.
Understanding Quebec, its history, culture and people is an important part of making this province my home. I am thoroughly enjoying Grescoe's "unsentimental journey through Quebec" and have gained helpful insights.
A perfect fall read. Poignant, melancholy, yet bright with beauty and love. A memoir about growing up during a Maine mill town's golden years, specifically the early 60s. Heartwarming and deeply engaging as both an historical and personal account.