Thursday, June 27, 2013

Last Night's Library Reading With Ramona


Who Were They Really? The True Stories Behind Famous Characters was a fun little book to peruse. One Amazon review mentions inaccuracies in the stories on Louisa May Alcott and Laura Ingalls Wilder (but we didn't get to those yet -- not sure how inaccurate they are. Will have to go back and look at the details.) We read about Hans Christian Andersen (Sob! Sad love story!), Lewis Carroll, J.M. Barrie, and Maud Hart Lovelace (We love you, Betsy-Tacy!) 


Some non-descript finds about anemones and sea stars. So-so. 


The hit of the night: 

Lovely. Inspiring. And, we had the fun of Connections -- this book mentions N.C. Wyeth (one of the first people to recognize Pippin's talent) and Ramona and I recalled that Atticus was just talking about Wyeth the other day when we found a copy of Treasure Island at the bookstore. (Atticus loved Treasure Island as a kid, and was always entranced by the illustrations.) Added to the fun is that we recently watched the old 1950 version of the movie together. Also added to the fun of connections: Anne, sitting a few feet away, suddenly piped up about a book she remembered reading years ago: "Oh, yeah! Horace Pippin! He was in Extraordinary People With Disabilities! I'd forgotten about that!" (Apparently not.) 


Is there anything better than the library? 


Donna Alice said...

Don't you love when you find those connections in books and life? The book on characters looks super interesting as Laura Ingalls Wilder is one of my all-time favorite authors.

Karen Edmisten said...

Yes, those connections are the best! It sounds like you'd enjoy the Who Were They Really book, Donna Alice.