Pippi arrived today! Yipee! Isn't the illustration so whimsy and bright? I love what Lauren Childs creates; she has such a frolicky crafty way of illustrating. I'll have to admit that when the brown amazon box arrives in the mail, it becomes a very good day. These books have been on my wish list for a while and they finally made their journey to their new home. Welcome Pippi and The Hundred Dresses and Marie Antoinette and Paris and Maira Kalman. Let's introduce you!
We'll start with Pippi.
I think everyone knows who Pippy Longstocking is but you know, I have never read her stories. It's a shame because I was named "pippi longstocking look alike" in school, so I should know something about her. But even at 36, it's never too late to start reading. I'm so excited about reading Pippi to Sam. I told him tonight about the book and he just looked at me and said... "ohhh nooo", but he said it with a smile on his face so that shows he is interested. I think it is because he just tries to be 5 year old cool. He secretly likes some girl books, but of course he has to put on the coolness of a five year old just in case one of his neighbor friends overhears in the bushes or something. Here is a little blurb about the author, Astrid Lindgren. She was born 100 years ago on a farm in Sweden. She began to write the Pippi stories to entertain her daughter Karin. And the first book was published in 1945. Today, Pippi is beloved all over the world, and the books have been translated into 91 languages! WowWW!
Now about the illustrator, Lauren Child. She was born in England and is a long time fan of Pippi whom she calls, "an entirely free spirit". Lauren has some of her own memorable girl characters... Clarice Bean and Lola from Charlie and Lola.
Ok.. on to book #2. "The Hundred Dresses". Oh, so excited! This is about a girl named Wanda who wears the same faded blue dress to school everyday but says she has one hundred beautiful dresses all line up at home. I won't go into detail, but there are lessons learned on kindness and generosity of spirit. It is also a Newbery Honor book.
book #3. "The Elements of Style" Mainly I got this because of the very talented and whimsical illustrator, Maira Kalman. Love her work! Plus the book's mantra, make every word tell. Have lots to learn from that.
book #4 "The Impressionist's Paris" It has 3 walking tours in Paris where one follows in the footsteps of Monet, Renoir, Manet, Degas and others. Sounds like the perfect book to take to Paris! Or I can just go to Paris via imagination with book in hand.
book #5 Last but not least, "Marie Antoinette" It contains the photos of the movie Sophia Coppola made. The movie is brilliant as far as artistry goes. The colors, the dresses... each scene is like a painting. Look forward to pouring over the photos and getting more ideas.
Now the books are on my nightstand and they are about to be read and loved.
Don't you just love fresh new books?