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24 March 2009 @ 12:50 pm
some more picture books on a rainy Tuesday  
We do need the rain in these parts. It has been drizzling on and off (mostly on) since 9. This should help the bluebonnets be even more spectacular. And that is good since the third granddaughter has the same assignment in 10th grade that her older sisters had (and we are talking about a project that predates 2002 when Cali had the class). She must pick wildflowers (BTW, this is against the law in Texas) and press them and label them and submit them in some artful way. Guess what we will be doing this weekend?

Anyhoo, here are a couple of other terrific picture books.

ALWAYS IN TROUBLE (Scholastic, 2009) is the story of a mischievous pup named Toby (perhaps he is some distant relative of Scout?) who tears up the house even after time in doggie obedience school. It takes something special to tame Toby, well, almost tame him.

In a dreary city without any green, young Liam finds an abandoned railway line with a tiny patch of plants. Before long, he is gardening. His garden begins to grow and extend so that eventually the city is transformed. Peter Brown's illustrations are perfect for this understated text. There are wonderful details for the careful observer. End papers carry the concept of the transformation of a dull industrial city to one that is thriving with new life as well. (Little Brown, 2009) PS: Brown is also the creator of the wonderful CHOWDER.
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(Anonymous) on March 24th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Curious Garden
I just bought this for the library that I work at and I think it is so great. Perfect for an Earth Day event or any budding gardener.
(Anonymous) on March 26th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Picking Wildflowers in Texas
BTW, I believe it's a common misperception that it's against the law to pick Texas wildflowers. That misperception derives from two two related elements. Safety - be careful when parking along the highway. Law - it's illegal to destroy public property so picking to a small degree does not destroy - just don't destroy a large spread or leave a big hole. Will Howard http://youngtexasreader.blogspot.com