Friday, December 18, 2009

Seasons Greetings!

Wishing you peace, joy, love and happiness in this festive season!

Thank you to Unicef for this beautiful card.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Thank you, Sage Salfi!

Sage Salfi, aged 7, is the reviewer of two of my recent books, Desert Animals and Wetland Animals. She says, "I had fun reading these books."

If you'd like to read the full text of her review, it's in the current edition of KNOW, the Science Magazine for Curious Kids. The online version is here.

Thank you, Sage! I'm so glad you liked the books! :-)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Small Beneath the Sky

I am currently reading a memoir by Canadian author and poet, Lorna Crozier. Small Beneath the Sky: A Prairie Memoir is prose, written the way you'd expect a poet to write. It is lyrical, lovely and understated. After being in Saskatchewan (my birthplace) this fall, I am finding this memoir very evocative of the time and place in which it is set (Swift Current in the 1950s).

So often as I read, I think to myself: I wish I could write like this. It is especially true for this book.

The cover design is eye-catching. I love seeing the sky in its blue beauty, and the rolling wheat fields. I also like how big the word "small" is and how small the word "sky" is. Very clever indeed!

If you're interested in reading the book, I highly recommend it. For a Globe and Mail review of it, go here. For an excerpt, go here.