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MONDAY MONTAGE. The Legacy of Books.

One of my favorite heirloom cross stitch projects from the 70’s is this pillow I made our last year in Germany, when our three sons were still in grade school. “Porter’s Great Books”. Our family’s Top 20!
#1 is The Big Honey Hunt and #2 is Taylor’s Bible Stories. But let’s chat a minute about book #3 on our list of family favs . . . .

TIKKI TIKKI TEMBO, by Arlene Mosel and illustrated by Blair Lent. A retelling of a Chinese folktale with an unforgettable cadence. This is a perfect read aloud book for nursery schoolers.

Do you remember it? I saw it on the main children’s display just last night at Barnes & Noble. Our son Brian (who lives in Munich) was delighted to find this favorite childhood book as an audio book he could upload to his iPod. It became part of the travel survival kit for his 2 year old son during their transatlantic flight last month.

Well, Brian celebrated his 39th birthday with us last week and guess which book we gave him this year—not a Baldacci nor a Dan Brown bestseller, but . . . . his own copy of Tikki Tikki Tembo to read aloud to Nicholas.

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. ~Chinese Proverb


Let’s chat about art books for kids . . . next time.

Author: Bonnie Porter

Bonnie Porter is an artist who lived in Europe and now resides in Atlanta. A part-time art teacher who paints and creates with a love of color, line and composition, drawing on inspiration from everywhere.

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