|Presenting a basket of books to Goldman Child Development Center|
A suggestion of spring in Louisiana with tulips at each table
|Young helpers assist the mom-to-be|
|Expectant mother poses with her friends while some of us "photo bomb" in the back.|
It was lucky the shower was held a couple blocks from my house, because I was getting ready when my sister and mother called from Virginia to chat a few minutes. They were excited that it was snowing in the mountains, and it looked like they would get several inches before it was over. My sister said she and her husband were more excited about the prospect of sledding in the afternoon (once it snowed a bit more) than her young grandsons were.
With my mind on children and snow, I decided to review a children’s book that I recently purchased from a new thrift shop in my neighborhood. As soon as I saw the book, I loved the cover art and the title of the book and the fact the author was a Newbery Honoree. I brought the paperback home to read before I pass it on to a great-niece or great- nephew.
Ruddy doesn’t always enjoy his visits with his Grandmother Silk. He loves computers, playing outside and getting dirty. Grandmother Silk has perfect hair and wears high heels all the time—even her bedroom slippers have high heels. She doesn’t have a computer and the only television show he can watch at her house is Masterpiece Theater. She lives next to a lake, but doesn’t like to take walks. She has a garden full of herbs, vegetables and flowers but only Lucy who comes to cook every day is allowed to pick any vegetables. Ruddy usually visits in the summer, but this year is different—he has to stay ten whole days in the fall while his parents take a cruise. The only good thing is his grandmother agrees to buy him a gorilla costume and take him to the zoo for Halloween.
Then, the unexpected happens and a big snow storm hits the night before Halloween. It knocks down trees, which knocks out the electricity and blocks the roads. Ruddy and Grandmother Silk have no heat, no lights, no water and no help for days. They must stay warm with the wood fire places, cook on the gas stove top, haul water from the lake and figure out how to amuse themselves—and they succeed.Ruddy observes that Grandmother Silk seems to get softer as the days go by. Finally electric workers from Kentucky arrive to repair their electric lines. The storm created such an emergency that workers from all over have been called in to help. At first Grandmother isn't sure she likes the men from Kentucky but soon she and Ruddy are outside holding a flashlight to help them see, and once power is restored, everyone gathers together for hot chocolate.
This chapter book for young readers is an engaging, sweet story, which was published posthumously in 2003 after Fenner passed away in 2002. British Illustrator Amanda Harvey provides the delightful and humorous pictures for the book. Snowed in with Grandmother Silk was named an American Library Association Notable Book, a Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Book, and a Center for Children’s Books Gryphon Honor Book. It's a perfect book for a snowy day.
|Snow today in my mother & sister's neighborhood posted by a friend on FB.|