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It’s summer! The season between spring and autumn, in the Northern Hemisphere from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox, and in the Southern Hemisphere from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox. What’s the current reading at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica or in South Africa where the World Cup Soccer matches were held, where it’s actually winter? For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, now’s the time for reading in those special places: while relaxing in the hammock, sitting in the shade of an apple tree with a glass of iced tea, or soaking in the rays on the beach!
Do you have a book, magazine, or genre you like to read for fun during the summer months?
What about the Little and Big Sister and other “Books For Walls” young readers? Maybe it’s a Ranger Rick magazine that comes camping with you! Or could it be a nature book about sea shells, butterflies on the wing, Petoskey stones, pirate or sunken ships - or a book you found on a vacation, at a nature center, or a relative sent from a science museum gift shop?
A favorite story which I bought for the Sisters in New Hampshire is "Blueberries for Sal" by Robert McCloskey, click here for more. A sweet story about a mother and little girl picking blueberries in Maine and their encounter with another mama and baby (bears)! Mr. McCloskey wrote several other award winning favorites including “Make Way for Ducklings” and “One Morning in Maine." His pictures as well as story line are endearing. My favorite quote of McCloskey’s is “I have one foot resting on reality and the other foot planted firmly on a banana peel.'' The NYT has a tribute to McCloskey’s life click here to read.
Now, for us older folks -is your choice a romance novel, a tale about a far-away place, a selection of Neruda poems, a re-read favorite, or a book recommended by a friend!
Ann Morrow Lindbergh
I have a re-read wonder on the top of my list: "Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
The book, celebrating its 55th anniversary, has inspired over 3 million readers in 45 languages. Walking on a beach has never been the same for me. As Lindbergh saw, a shell can be a reflection and prayer on life. Lindbergh wrote from a heart filled with adventures, love, and tragedies. Her inner strength brought her through and as she contemplates “…patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith.” Click here for more
Another read for me is "Caribbean Mystery" by Agatha Christi. I simply enjoy Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot and a good mystery. For those mystery buffs take a look-see at this website, there’s a “Christie Festival 2010” on England’s Riviera in Torquay. Anyone been there?
Now share with us a favorite summertime book so that we might join you in reading your choice!
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