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Abbe and I spent a wonderful day yesterday. We covered about 425 miles. Yikes! Our initial destinationBug was the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. You know you’re there by the Bug in front of the museum. Our goal was to view the exhibit of Barbara McClintock’s artwork for the book Leave Your Sleep, a companion to Natalie Merchant’s amazing CD of the same name.LeaveYourSleep

Of course, another goal was to get Ms. McClintock and Ms. Merchant to autograph a copy of the NatalieMerchantbook, which they did. A tremendous BarbaraMcClintockexhibit, it was. McClintock’s work is so detailed. The more you look at it the more you see. Of course, I had to buy some of her other books there.

Our next stop was Rogers Book Barn in Hillsdale, NY. On the way, Rogerswe passed the Circle Museum (didn’t stop in), which is apparently an artist’s memorial to himself. Oh well. It was someone’s 15 minutes of fame. That was an hour of searching the various nooks and crannies for the perfect book. We each some luck in that area.

On the final leg of our journey, dinner was in order and I remembered this diner that Lisa and I went to on the way home from Williamstown, which has great egg creams DailyPlanetand malts. I had a vague idea where it was and this time my memory served me well. Dinner at the Daily Planet. Each room is decorated in a decade theme, 1940s, 1950s, etc. with movie posters and other memorabilia. I had the Duke of Earl Egg Cream with my burger. Yummmm!

When I finally got home at 9:30 PM, after starting at at 7 AM, the only thing I wanted was my bed. It was a great day.

Plus, to top it off, Abbe gave me an advanced copy of Julie Anne Peters’ Lies My Girlfriend Told Me and the first season of Veronica Mars. Got lots of reading and viewing to do.


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I will warn you now, this will be a meandering blog post, describing a meandering day with twists and turns. So, a question. How old are you before you’re too old to read children’s picture books? The answer…you’re never too old to read picture books.

One Saturday, Susan and I started out early from Warwick. Our goal was to visit Roger’s Book Barn in Hillsdale, NY.RogersBookBarn Secondarily, we wanted to stop at the Hillsdale General Store. Roger’s is in the middle of nowhere and you can meander through its aisles for hours. Needless to say, we both got some books…me some mysteries (but, of course!). Fun was had.

HillsdaleGeneralSToreNext was the General Store. It was so cute and very tempting, but we restrained. Being hungry after shopping, we entered Crossroads Food ShopCrossroads right next to the General Store for some very tasty pancakes (me) and omelets (Susan). So, Hillsdale has more to offer than we imagined. If you ever want an adventure, try it.

Not wanting to rush our way home, I let Susan pick the route.  Surprisingly, it led us to Hudson, NY. For the longest time, we both kept on saying “Remember that town we went to that we really liked? What was its name?” Well, it turned out to be Hudson. As we walked its streets, I kept saying, I remember the streets being much wider. Susan kept on saying, it was near the river and I remember it being cuter. Obviously our memories were playing tricks on us…making us remember the sunnier side of the street.

Further in our meandering, we hit Saugerties, NY and the Inquiring Minds Bookstore.InquiringMinds Which brings me back to the question: How old are you before you’re too old to read picture books? And the answer: Never!!! Because there, in the MadlenkaInquiring Minds Bookstore, staring at me, face out, was Madlenka by Peter Sis. A quick scan of the book and I knew it was mine. I used to read to my children all the time and even when they were in their teens, we’d go to Barnes & Noble and look for the perfect children’s book. I knew Madlenka would fit the bill. (Other perfect picture books are the standard, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon by Jules Bass and Debbie Harter and There are Rocks in My Socks Said the Ox to the Fox-we each have our own copy of this one-by Patricia Thomas and Mordicai Gerstein.) Madlenka has a loose tooth and she must tell everyone. So she runs downstairs from her apartment and walks around the block telling all her friends, the baker, the newspaper vendor, etc. Sis’ view of the world is unique. I can’t even describe how he draws the courtyard of the apartment complex. The book has cutouts. You need to turn the book this way and that to read everything. The drawing is AMAZING! You can read Madlenka over and over and find something new in his drawings. I must now go and get his other books, some including Madlenka and some without.RocksInMySocks


So, I’ll end my meandering tale now and tell you that a meandering day of bookstores and sightseeing and new towns is the perfect day. And if it ends up with a new favorite book, all the better.

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