Reads of the Week – May 5th

Here’s what we’re reading in the little toyhouse this week:

The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt

The Secret History is one of my all-time favorite novels and I’ve been waiting to pick this one up for a while. Happily, I found it sitting on a display shelf at the library this week – major score! Nothing is more painful than waiting for weeks on end for a library hold to become available.

I’ve heard from a few people that it was slow to start, but I’ve found myself drawn in by the rich language and detail used to tell the story thus far. I’m hoping for an early bedtime for the kiddos tonight so I can really get lost in it.

Charming Opal (Toot & Puddle) by Holly Hobbie

This is the first Toot & Puddle book I’ve read with G and it is truly charming.  The illustrations are beautiful and the story is incredibly sweet.  G has been obsessed with the tooth fairy lately (even though her first visit from said fairy is years away), so this one was a big hit.

When I first read the author’s name, I thought it an unfortunate coincidence, like being named Ronald McDonald or something.  After doing a web search to learn more about the Toot & Puddle series, I learned (via Wikipedia) that in fact Holly Hobbie created the character, originally unnamed, and sold the artwork to American Greetings in the late 1960s.  The character became popular and was eventually named “Holly Hobbie”.

In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck

This bedtime gem feels like more of a meditation than a story. In reading it I found myself thinking how lovely it would be to have my mother bring me flowers, tea, a cozy blanket and a wind chime before tucking me into bed. G seems to enjoy the calming rhythm of the story and has requested it at bedtime most nights this past week.


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