It’s Tuesday! I am joining in the fun, created by Niki at Daydream Reader, called Treat Tuesday, where we snap a quick photo of what we are reading and a treat we are enjoying. And thanks to Shannon (aka Ms. Houghton) for the meme logo seen above. Inspired by my Twitter pal, Maria, I’m including what my kids are enjoying as well. Follow all the treat fun on Twitter under the hash tag #TreatTuesday.
Small (age 8, third grade)
Book Mayor of Central Park by Avi. I haven’t read this one myself, but she’s all smiles and thumbs up about this one where the animals who must defend their home and play area (Central Park) from a thug of a rat.
Treat: chocolate covered pretzels — I’m not permitted in the house without supervision when these are around!
Tall (age 11, fifth grade)
Book: The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming. Tall is a huge fan of war history, especially the Civil War. I actually picked this up for Small, who is doing a research project on Abraham Lincoln for the upcoming Wax Museum project. Until she’s ready to use it for her project, Tall is pouring over this one, which was actually swiped from my reading pile. As the title suggests, it’s full of photos, documents and snippets of interviews or primary source writings on the Lincolns. Beautifully curated by Candace Fleming and organized by theme rather than chronologically.
Treat: chocolate covered pretzels
Book: The Lost Art of Mixing, by Erica Bauermeister. This is adult, realistic fiction and is the follow-up to a favorite book of mine, The School of Essential Ingredients. Like the first book, the focus is on Lilian, a chef, and the loose web of people connected to her life. Imagery of food and it’s place in our lives provides great metaphors. It’s hard to describe, but Bauermeister has a very calm and lilting way of writing, which is perfect for my current mood, and a good one to counterbalance some of the more intense reading I’ve done of late with Between Shades of Gray and Bomb. It’s set in Seattle and she creates really beautiful imagery of the city. If you’ve ever visited Pike Place Market in Seattle, her description of it is spot on.
Treat: Tea. Yes, not very treat like, but I’m dealing with a icky cold (or maybe the flu?). This herbal tea has all the flavor I love of Chai without the caffeine, and it is so good . . . add a bit of honey or agave and some cream . . . oh, yeah, it’s treat-like.
Hope you’re savoring whatever you are reading and snacking upon!
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