|A most lovely map from Beatrix Potter - at home in the Lake District|
Paraclete Press (they publish At The Still Point, a favorite devotional) sent me a complimentary copy of Hildegard's Gift by Megan Hoyt. It is delightful! I knew virtually nothing about Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), aside from the fact that Ambleside Online recommends her for composer study. Megan's book is a wonderful introduction to this twelfth-century mystic. The whole image of being "a feather on the breath of God" really touched my 10 year old dd. The illustrations by David Hill give this biography a bit of whimsy that help keep her emotional life accessible to children. Megan, I hope you keep utilizing your gift. Now, enjoy a sneak peek with Megan herself reading her book.
This next book I read aloud during our Family Gathering time at the beginning of the school year. Little Leap Forward - A Boy of Beijing by Yue and Farrow takes place during the Cultural Revolution - an important time and place for all students to know. But this little book, published by Barefoot Books and now only $4.25, is rather quiet and thought-provoking. Richele Baburina recommended it to me and told me it captured her son's imagination. I can see why. To order, please go to Richele's blog, Barefoot Voyage, and click on the Barefoot Books link in the sidebar. Barefoot Books publishes unique titles - another favorite of ours is Shakespeare's Storybook with CD.
|"Lucie climbed upon the stile and looked up at the hill behind Little-town—a hill that goes up—up—into the clouds as though it had no top!" - From the Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter|
It might be a while before I can post again, but when I do, I will be sure to share details about my trip.