By Jan Pease
My Grandpa Hilary built houses, roofed barns, wired farms for electricity, and made simple furniture, mostly dressers and wooden chests. In his later years he made little birdhouses that looked like outhouses, but that’s another story. The furniture “Pop” made was plain but very functional. My mom had 3 dressers that he made; I have two dressers and a small chest. My brother and I each received birdhouse/outhouses when we were children. These are all priceless. Not valuable, but priceless.
One of our new children’s books reminds me of family treasures. Melanie Heuiser Hill has written a cumulative tale (think, “This is the House that Jack Built”) titled “Around the Table that Grandad Built.” Everything on or around the table evokes a memory, from the glasses that were a wedding gift to the sunflowers from the garden. I like this book because it is a Thanksgiving story, but doesn’t perpetuate the popular but inaccurate myths about the holiday.
Is there anything cuter than baby humans or baby animals? “A Baby like You,” by Catherine Thimmesh, celebrates the cutest of the cute. We read this one at Toddler Time, and the little ones loved it. We are enjoying a four-month-old kitten at our house, and he has breathed in new life into the life of the three humans, tiny dog, and 18-year-old cat that share our home. Gracie the dog isn’t so sure, even if the kitten is cute.
My friend Carole Wendt visited story time January 24th, to read stories with me “reader’s theater” style. We read the new book by Constance Lombardo, “Everybody Says Meow.” The characters inthe story, all cats to begin with, are joined by a dog, a frog, and a duck that refuse to follow a simple direction: “Let’s all say meow.”
Whether you are interested in family treasures, cute baby animals, or interesting cats, you will find something to read at Litchfield Public library. See you there!