Before I write my next post about Taiwan, and how some little hints of that far-away island were added to our Christmas celebration, I wanted to post about a book I read to my boys this week (before I forget!) Reading with my children has been one of the best parts of being a Mom, and one of my favorite authors is Cynthia Rylant. We first encountered this author when my daughter Haiku fell in love with her book GOOSEBERRY PARK several years ago.
I read Cynthia Rylant's book HENRY AND MUDGE IN THE SPARKLE DAYS, the fifth book of Henry and Mudge's adventures, to my sons earlier this week. Henry is a little boy who lives with his Mom and Dad and a big dog named Mudge in a very homey house. The illustrations by Sucie Stevenson are vibrant and cheerful.
I wanted to share some of the sweet illustrations and the comforting text with my Quiet Country Readers. The author captures what there is to love about winter days in a chapter called "Firelight" with these words:
"On winter nights Henry and Henry's parents and Mudge loved to take walks.
They loved to see the winter stars in the sky.
They loved to see the sparkle of the moon on the white yards.
They felt happy on these walks."
You can read more about this fun family of characters at www.henryandmudge.com