How much do I want to be Lois Ehlert? I love her honesty and enthusiasm about her artmaking; although the text is very simple, it is a good introducti...moreHow much do I want to be Lois Ehlert? I love her honesty and enthusiasm about her artmaking; although the text is very simple, it is a good introduction to the artistic process.
Great resource book - picture books for use with young adults. Only wish it had an updated edition; some of these titles are quite old.
Books that ill...moreGreat resource book - picture books for use with young adults. Only wish it had an updated edition; some of these titles are quite old.
Books that illustrate strong...
--Ideas (clarity and focus, rich and vivid details, a clear sense of purpose) --Organization (enticing lead, strong transitions with easy-to-follow sequencing, powerhouse conclusion) --Voice (lively engagement and commitment, audience and purpose for writing are in sync, the writer enjoyed it and hopes you will, too) --Word Choice (deliciously used everyday words, wordsmithery and word pictures, precision and growth with language) --Sentence Fluency (rhythm and cadence, language with a beat, variety and spice) --Convention (simple and complex editorial skills, consistency and accuracy, making reading simple and interesting) (less)
This is the book I most wanted to buy in Prince Edward Island, but due to its size, did not want to pack in my tiny suitcase to fly back. It made such...moreThis is the book I most wanted to buy in Prince Edward Island, but due to its size, did not want to pack in my tiny suitcase to fly back. It made such an impression on me that L.M. Montgomery did not create her book worlds out of thin air (I know, I know!), but spent her life collecting interesting bits of gossip, poems, flowers, colors, dresses, calling cards, pictures, and even mulch and cat fur (!) and pasting them into a large collection of scrapbooks. Many of these details are what made her books so rich and full of life. I have never had any desire to scrapbook, but hearing it described this way, I get it: "Scenes, dialogues, drama, stories -- the arranged items speak to each other, suggesting ways of seeing, being, and imagining. Amid the fragments of daily life, lifetime patterns and narrative lines emerge. The scrapbooks stored memories that could be revisited and reshaped into new life; to imagine Anne, Montgomery immersed herself in her own past." -p. 2
Reading this book also made me really want to know her personally. What a wonderful visual record of life, pre-Facebook and all. I'm glad that the author was able to unlock so much about LMM's timelines and what her abbreviations meant.
"All her life, Montgomery, known to her friends as Maud, revelled in color; Anne of Green Gables is brimming with it. Many of her passions -- for kindred spirits, natural beauty, romance, poetry, words, fashion -- became her heroine Anne Shirley's. Montgomery experienced the everyday world as a vivid place -- full of humor as well as pathos. She was firmly anchored in the real world even though she could also travel freely in worlds of her own imagination. Similarly, Anne Shirley imagines that she should pine to be the heroine of a romance story, but actually she is enraptured with daily life, stricken dumb by the beauty of sunsets and apple boughs." -p. 1
"In scrapbooks she could preserve and celebrate special moments, and also explore and map ideas through images and colour. In mixed-media collages, chronology was not a restraint, and bright fragments could suggest metaphors and layers of story and feeling." -p. 3
"The scrapbooks are living records -- Montgomery edited them over the years and borrowed from them to illustrate her handwritten journals. She treated her diaries this way as well, rewriting events to conform to a larger story of her life. An intensely private person, Maud protected from casual view what was most painful and what was most vulnerable." -p. 4
"Montgomery edited her journals all her adult life, jotting down notes hurriedly and writing them up later when she had leisure to balance words and expressions." -p. 5
"Having secretly accepted the Rev. Ewan McDonald's proposal in October of 1906, the almost thirty-two-year-old Montgomery wrote that same day in her journal: 'Perfect and rapturous happiness, such as marriage with a man I loved intensely would give me, I have ceased to hope for.' She had felt rapturous happiness with Herman Leard when she was twenty-three, but they were both engaged to other people, and she did not consider him her equal in either intellect or ambition. The unfulfilled romance with Herman was to be the touchstone for passion for the rest of her life, and against which she would measure her physical attraction to Oliver Macneill in 1909." -Suitors, p. 32
"In celebrating adventures and romances, Montgomery preserved items she could draw on later in her fiction." -p. 38
This is an awesome concept -- "favorite adventures, stories, poems, and songs for making lasting memories," arranged by topic (Outdoor Exploring, Yumm...moreThis is an awesome concept -- "favorite adventures, stories, poems, and songs for making lasting memories," arranged by topic (Outdoor Exploring, Yummy in my Tummy, etc). The tone struck me as a bit off, but I concluded it is written like an adult talking to a kid -- to inspire parents to encourage imaginative play. I don't think it's a book for a kid to read and use all on their own. I was also sad to see that the illustrator of all the many line drawings, Jennie Penny, was only credited in the extremely wordy Afterword. There were also quite a few typos.
On the plus side, I think many of the poems were from A Child's Garden of Verses, because they came back to me in a flood of nostalgia! I also liked the "6 C's Mastery Levels" on p. 133 -- a good connection to 21st Century Skills. The Resources in the back are extensive.
Tidbits to remember:
Love the hole in the cover and how much it makes you want to open it.
Title page quote: "If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves."
p. 53 - handprint butterfly art p. 77 - Why Dragons? poem by Jane Yolen p. 106 illustration - simple, standalone scene p. 113 - baked apples p. 123 - poem as a bedtime tradition - "Poems are so perfect for bedtime because they put wonderful pictures in your head to dream about." (less)
To be honest, I just skimmed the categories of children's books, figuring (hoping?) I know those pretty well by now, and went straight to p. 173, "Wri...moreTo be honest, I just skimmed the categories of children's books, figuring (hoping?) I know those pretty well by now, and went straight to p. 173, "Writing the review." Very useful section, especially if, like me, you are unaccustomed to writing a nice, concise, professional review, as opposed to gushing on Goodreads. ;)(less)