Blogging is a little slow this week, only because it is winter-break week and Chicken Spaghetti has added another staff member, who is usually in first grade. So instead of talking about literary news, we visited a submarine, hiked around the neighborhood, continued an infatuation with DK Eyewitness videos, chased/rescued the cat, and looked for broken pottery in the yard. (Ye olde thrifty New Englanders used to bury their trash.) Nothing has functioned as it should; the ancient Sony Trinitron, the printer, and every toy that uses batteries have required parental attention. I'm not using the term "high-maintenance" as applied to the week so far, but should anyone else care to, go ahead.
Our most recent picture-book discovery is the very well-known Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney. Miss Rumphius is an independent lady who sees the world and later beautifies her Maine town by planting lupine everywhere. Kids will likely come up with lots of community-improvement ideas after reading Cooney's book.