It turns out, I need a blog. This one has lain dormant for so long that I’ve even considered taking it down occasionally, but something has always stopped me. Mostly it has been the realization that this is the only place I have recorded the memories of my early years of mothering and homeschooling. And I miss it. I miss sharing about books, having a place to keep up with what we read and what I read, and even a place to share the rare educational insight I have once upon a great while.
So I’m back. I’m making no promises, except to myself: I will prioritize writing about the things that interest me. That will mostly be children’s books and reading.
We’re a few days into this year’s Christmas Book Basket, as I’ve been sharing on Instagram. I’m trying to show some restraint in what I add to our basket these days since we now own enough Christmas picture books to fill two large tubs. This year I recalled our trip the Eric Carle Museum last December where I saw The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg in the museum bookstore (which completely beggars description–swoon!) I had never seen a Jolly Postman book before, and I pretty much ordered the Christmas book on the whim of a lovely memory. The first time I read it I wasn’t prepared for the context: the Jolly Postman is delivering mail to various nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters. The subsequent readings revealed such a delightful little rhyming tale! A large part of its kid-appeal is the every-other-page pocket that contains an actual card or postcard or something that the Jolly Postman is delivering. For example, Baby Bear gets a card from Goldilocks (complete with a joke containing the word shut up, hence an immediate hit with my boys). Humpty Dumpty gets a postcard puzzle. Little Red Riding Hood gets a little board game entitled “Beware!” And so on. The Lady with the Alligator Purse even makes a cameo appearance. It is delightful! The only downside to the book is that it’s inevitable (at least at our house) that something will come up missing. Today, after only four days of circulation, it was one of the puzzle pieces from Humpty’s puzzle. Bummer. Nevertheless, this is a fun addition to our Christmas Book Basket and unlike anything else in it, so I expect it to be a much-anticipated read for several Decembers.
So, if you’re still reading, chat with me! Any new Christmas books in your basket this holiday season?
It’s good to be back! <3