Sunday, March 27, 2011

"good books!" and "books I recmend!"

Todd found these lists in S's room the other night as he was getting her ready for bed. No idea what was behind them other than, apparently, a desire to share her love of reading?

If you need a translation, here we go:

list 1:
Good Books!
American Girl books!
Chapter books!
Mary Poppins!
Danny and the Dinosaur!
Wacky Wednesday!
Oliver + S Little Things to Sew!
So on and so forth...

(I love "so on and so forth" --so much better than "etc." And how funny that she included my book on her list. I'm flattered more than I can begin to tell you. But let's continue...)

list 2:
Books I recommend for kids! starting to read! in school! (at least I think that's what it says)
Bob Books
One Red Dot!

Clearly my translation is lacking the charm of the original text, since as I was unable to include the all-important arrows. But I did keep the exclamation points, which also play an important role.

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I've got a book to recommend, too, found over at Purl the other day.

I've got a long-time obsession with French macarons, having even gone so far as to make Todd bring them back from Paris for me. Fortunately we have a decent bakery in our neighborhood that creates a few flavors, so I can still get my fix locally.

I've tried making macarons at home but had trouble getting the texture just right. You know, that crispy exterior with the slightly chewy inside. I'm looking forward to trying the recipes in this book because, in addition to photo instructions, it also includes tips and hints for troubleshooting. It includes instructions for making the different flavors, as well as suggestions for matching the flavored fillings to the flavors and colors of the meringues.

But the real attraction with this book is the gorgeous photography. Doesn't this just make you hungry looking at it?

And if that's not enough, there's a section on packaging them that includes all sorts of cute and clever ideas.

But the thing that really impresses me about the book is that the author thought of everything. The last section includes recipes for using the leftover egg yolks.

I'm torn between making the rich and creamy pudding and the caramel ice cream.

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One more book-related item:

I'll be doing a special event at the New York Public Library next Saturday, and I'd love it if you would come! Details here. Bring the kids!


  1. your daughters handwriting is quite nice. I, too, have a 6yo in a NYC public school. Mine is in 1st grade and i often wonder if her penmanship is good enough :)
    This week she told me that we should read "Wacky Wednesday" on every Wednesday. She thought she was pretty clever. We also have a set of Bob books and your book as well. So cute, that she would include it on the list- she must be very proud

  2. That is just gorgeous! I particularly liked the profusion of arrows after Danny and the Dinosaur, and for some reason I find the fact she spelled Oliver "Olivre" particularly charming. Watching kids figure out English grammar makes you realise how fiendishly irregular it is!

  3. Anonymous10:53 AM

    Maybe S has a side job you don't know about -- book critic for the NYT? :)

  4. How funny. I often find random lists in H.'s room too!

  5. Isn't it just wonderful how children look upon things? I love their way of thinking...

    I'm so thrilled by your little daughter's book list.
    And I must say that I got a bit touched - like a mother always does! - when I read, that she had added your book. She must be so proud and your book is something very special to her. :))

    I bet that she will love looking at her book list, when she is grownup. :))

  6. My dad illustrated WHACKY WEDNESDAY so I am so happy to see it up there still! Thanks to the little girl who enjoyed it!