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A very hungry bookworm

We lost a literary giant yesterday, Eric Carle passed away at age 91. His life, art, and gift for words inspired many a youngster, including me.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar was one of my absolute favorite books to get from the library. The holes in the page were the icing on the (chocolate) cake. I spent a lot of time putting my pinky finger in the hole on one page and very carefully turning to the next to solve the important mystery of how everything lined up. Eric Carle taught me that books were magical.

Another sort of magic from The Very Hungry Caterpillar? I was inspired to try new foods. I liked strawberries, apples, lollipops, and chocolate cake. So did the caterpillar. I distinctly remember being excited to try swiss cheese because the caterpillar ate it. I also learned the valuable lesson to have some salad if I’ve overindulged.

My kids adored Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and the companion Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? Carle did the illustrations, and Bill Martin Jr. did the words. They preferred these books to The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We had board book versions of both and the corners were well chewed as if the kids were trying to eat through the pages, but the board book lacked the intriguing finger holes of paper version I got from the library.

My youngest liked to play a game inspired by Brown Bear. He would ask “Mommy, Mommy what do you see?” and I had to answer with something I saw in the room “looking at me.” We played this in the car, in waiting rooms, at home, pretty much anywhere and he would bust my chops if he thought I picked something (say a potato or a painting) out of the sightline of the last object named. At some point, one or the other of us would have to recall all of the items mentioned previously. It was a good mental exercise for both of us.

My oldest liked to look at the art and try to figure out how it was made, noticing little details like how the collage parts lined up. Carle was a truly talented artist, mixing media, color, and form to make the world anew. I was not surprised when I learned one of Carle’s artistic influences was Marc Chagall. I see a similarity in how they blend multiple tones and hues to create a color. Because of copywrite concerns, I won’t plunk the images here, but click on names to see what I mean. In both cases, I linked to images featuring the color blue.

Eric Carle reminds us to find the joy and beauty in the world. Take a moment today to honor him by seeking out wonder and beauty.

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Stolen Hearts by Christy Newton

A few weeks ago, I won an ARC of Christy Newton’s Stolen Hearts. I enjoyed the book so much, that I invited her to stop by, even if she doesn’t drink coffee (gasp).

What is Stolen Hearts about?

Jewels, deception and adventure…stolen hearts cover

Twenty-two year old Cammie Adams knows one thing for sure – life isn’t fair. She’s still an emotional wreck from the tragic loss of her parents seven years ago. Right after she gets her PI license she is not only robbed, but abducted, only to find her life was all a lie. When she finds her mother’s diary, she discovers she was only a pawn in her mother’s dangerous game. Now she must get back what is rightfully hers from the man that murdered her mother.

Hot and mysterious, Simon Fisher has really only loved one thing – jewels. This ex-jewel thief, now bodyguard, doesn’t even know what hits him when he rescues Cammie as a favor to her father. Simon must protect her, but soon finds out where there’s trouble, Cammie isn’t far behind. She will not only steal his prized jewel, but his heart.

This book was a joy to read and you can find my Goodreads  review here. Be sure to scroll all the way down this post for your chance to win a terrific prize package, including a copy of Stolen Hearts.

Christy is a busy lady so I didn’t ask her to play dump the purse, instead I asked her for twenty fun facts.

1. I’m creative.

2. I love dark chocolate.

3. Purple is my favorite color, but I love every color.

4. I have a purple office.christy newton

5. I have a toy poodle named Lola. (Great name!)

6. I spend more time with my on line friends than my the ones that live close by.

7. I want to go to London.

8. I am horrible at math.

9. I have one brother.

10. I have to have lemon in my water.

11. I don’t eat bacon.  (And I like her anyway)

12. I hate winter.

13. I love fall.

14. Spring is ok.

15. Summer is too hot.

16. My favorite pizza is Luca Pizza.

17. I still miss Guiding Light.

18. I believe in God.

19. When I’m hungry I turn into the hulk.

20. I painted all the artwork in my house. (And her insider knowledge of art comes through in Stolen Hearts.) 

About the author

Christy Newton is a hopeless romantic and writes many genres of romance. She just might be the only author out there that doesn’t drink caffeine, but dark chocolate is her must have. She falls in love with each of her heroes and hopes you will too! Christy is the author of the More Than Treasure Series and the Love Again Collection.

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