Monday, July 14, 2008

Light Summer Reading

I love getting packages in the mail. I think that is the reason I love Etsy so much. Sure, the handmade element is wonderful... but doesn't it just feel fabulous when you open the mail and there is a lovely package just for you? Of course, 99% of them are ordered by me, for me... but packages in the mail are wonderful just the same.

The other day, I got two packages in the mail. Both books, and both just absolutely adorable.

For Gracie and Annelie, I bought Animal Alphabet by Dave Chow and Marcyanna Parzych, which is a sweet and simple alphabet book illustrated with the most charming animals you will ever see. Gracie instantly fell in love and spent quite a good deal of her time pouring over her present and grinning at the animals. She is no stranger to the artwork, though. A few readers have been around since the beginning of my blog, and might remember this post, which inspired my entire blog category titled, "Things that Make Me Smile."

I'm still smiling at the adorable animal alphabet prints my girls were given! This book features the entire collection of alphabet animals found in Marcyanna's shop, and is perfect for children of all ages.

If you want to learn more about the artists behind this book, be sure to visit Marcyanna's blog: The Art and Inspiration of Marcyanna.

For me, there was a tiny little book called Scuppernong and Muscadine, written and illustrated by Emily Martin of The Black Apple. I have always loved Emily's artwork and Etsy shop, but this book was something I just absolutely had to have. I'm a HUGE Edward Gorey fan, and Emily captured the magic of Gorey's style (minus Gorey's famous creep factor - which was good in this case) in this sweet story about two lovely little hedgehogs.

This book is the cutest little thing.

I'm glad Gracie has my same love for books. I hope this is something that can stay with her always. In my opinion, there are few things better than lazying about on a summer day, enjoying some light summer reading.


ndnchick said...

LOVe the dress she has on!

Rosebud Collection said...

How cute Gracie looks and such a serious reader..My father use to tell me, "A book can be a good friend"..I wasn't much of a reader..He kept telling me to give it a try..Well, I did and so happy I did..

Paper Girl Productions said...

ooo these books look wonderful! I loved collecting books as a child and still do!

ThisOldHenHouse said...

oh how wonderful!

when I was little my dad used to read me a story every single night before bed and now I do just that with my boys ♥

In an world thats SO overstimulated with television and technology its so wonderful to just pick up a book and let your brain do the work


Whimsical Creations said...

that pic is way tooo cute!
:-) melanie

WhimsybyMari said...

So happy I found your blog, I adore your art. The books are amazing and your girls are beautiful.

::::Lula Boutique:::: said...

I agree! There's nothing like getting lost in a good book...Especially on lazy rainy days! :)

Sew Bettie said...

I am crazy for getting packages in the mail. I am doing a fabric swap now and it is so fun to check the mail each day. Especially great when there is something other than a bill!

Marcyanna said...

Thanks so much for the lovely blog post! I am so glad that Gracie loves her book! The pics of her are adorable... What a killer dress!;)

Also... thanks for turning me on to Black Apple!

MoonMaidenSoap said...

Those books look adorable and I have three littles here who would adore something like that! I'll have to go check out those shops ... our library is due for an update here. ;)

What a darling daughter you have! Love the pictures ... precious.

Enjoy the day!

Half-an-Acre said...

a lovely post - i've just been to the estsy shop too to check out the prints and books! thank you!

casserole said...

You're right - she IS wearing an Elvis dress!! I love it!!! What is it about kids and Elvis, anyway?

Last year Liv went through a stage where I had to call her Elvis. She wouldn't respond to her own name, only Elvis. And then she told this little boy at our neighborhood pool that her name was Rick, which had us all stumped till my brother-in-law told us that was the name of a character played by Elvis in a movie. duh. This poor boy knew her as Rick the whole summer.

I love the pictures of little Gracie reading her book! She's like a tiny grownup in the picture.

Regal Beads said...

I want to encourage my kids (when I have them ) to love books to way my mom did for me! I remember loving nothing more than curling up with books in the summer as a kid

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