Saturday, October 27, 2007

A Year is a Window

paintings by Erik Blegvad with verses by Richard Jackson/ published 1963 by Doubleday

Following the months of the year, not only do children learn about the seasons, but they get their first look at the flowers and birthstones of the birthdays. I loved these kinds of books as a small girl because they seemed to me so dainty and precious; like you really had a special treasure.

March
When the rain is splashing down
On fields and in the town
Singing winds begin to blow
And flowers start to grow
FLOWER: Daffodil or Jonquil
BIRTHSTONE: Bloodstone


I bought this copy from a local used bookshop, not really because the story and pictures are darling, but because of the sweet inscription. Two real autumn leaves are pressed into the end pages with the words....

Dear Jenni - The years come and go -- and leave us in bright memories. Each day is important in life. Be sure to look out of your window every day and love the whole wonderful year. With love -- Grandma Jo XXX

At the bottom is written...

I picked these pretty leaves in my garden -- just for you. October 1964

What I can't believe is that the leaves are still pretty intact. I just love picturing this little granny out in her garden, stuffing the little things in her pocket.

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Mud Pies and Other Recipes
The Last of the Wizards
The Diamond in the Window
Plenty of Fish

1 comment:

springtreeroad said...

i can't imagine not keeping this book for a lifetime - and then some.

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