Bilbo's Last Song: Farewell, friends! The sails are set, the wind is east, the moorings fret. Shadows long before me lie, beneath the ever-bending sky, but islands lie behind the Sun that I shall raise ere all is done; lands there are to west of West, where night is quiet and sleep is rest.
The Bookshelf: Old Bear by Jane Hissey
I am thrilled to share one of my favouite childhood books with you. Old Bear is an enchanting children's classic, richly illustrated by Jane Hissey in coloured pencil. 'Old Bear' himself was actually given to Jane as a gift from her grandmother when she was born and after much travelling has become rather worn out and thread-bare. He features in the story along with a range of other soft-toys and everyday objects that all belong to Jane and her family. "Old bear has been up in the attic for…
Children's Classics: Can't You Sleep Little Bear
One of my great loves is books. That sounds hyperbolic but it's true; it is a great, huge love and has been ever since I was a child. Books we read when we are young definitely have an affect on us, whether we know it or not, even if it is just a prod of the imagination or the soothing of a troubled soul. The word 'classic' is bandied around a lot when it comes to books but I think it is deserved in many cases, I'm going to start regularly posting about a book I consider a children's…
Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything . . . except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away. He plays outside all day long, digging and sliding in everything from garden soil to pavement tar. By the time he returns home, Harry is so dirty he looks like a black dog with white spots. His family doesn't even recognize him.
A childrens book that has now been made into a film. Only read this week for the first time and read in 2 hours, although I was consistently teary. Captivating storyline and apparently based on a true story, but not overly elaborated (it is a childrens book after all). Great book for a light read, only 192 pages.