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MaryJane Posted - Feb 09 2024 : 1:48:28 PM
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levisgrammy Posted - Apr 11 2024 : 03:47:52 AM
You will love The Wonkey Donkey. Too funny! I am going to look into these other books for my grandson. He loves books! Thank you for the recommendations.

~Denise
Sister #43~

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

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"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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MaryJanesNiece Posted - Apr 10 2024 : 2:01:47 PM
MaryJane, he will love that book! I hope he enjoys it as much as my kids. I bet that plane flight was super exciting. Does he get to fly back as well? I do know about Hilda Matilda! I have actually known about her for quite a few years now and always loved how her name rhymed. Here is a fun fact for you. My oldest is born on the same day as Hilda, which would be his great great great grandmother, just 137 years later.

Wanda, I haven't heard of the Wonkey Donkey. I just looked it up on Youtube and watched a lady reading it. It's so stinking cute! I definitely need to add that book to my collection. Thank you!

Krista
Wanda Sue Posted - Apr 08 2024 : 2:22:27 PM
Thanks Krista, I will look for that one too! Have you heard of the Wonkey Donkey? It came out a few years back and sounds very fun. I told my son, when they are ready to announce they are expecting a baby, to buy me that one for my first granny book, lol.

A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel.

Farm Girl #3677
Farmgirl of the Month: Aug/2022

MaryJane Posted - Apr 08 2024 : 1:53:15 PM
Krista, Mootilda sounds wonderful. I'm getting a copy for my grandson.

Here he is on his first plane ride earlier this week on his way to Boise from here. He loved every minute of it.



Also, did you know that my mother Helen's mother's mother was named Hilda Matilda? Would that make her your great great grandmother?

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Apr 08 2024 : 1:08:44 PM
I have a children's book suggestion! It's called Mootilda's Bad Mood.


My kids laugh every time we read it and I promise you really need to emphasize the animal noises in the words. It makes the book so much better! It really turns someone in a bad mood into a good mood.

Krista
Alee Posted - Apr 07 2024 : 12:44:57 AM
MaryJane- Iíll buy that one too! Thank you for the book recommendations! Iíll let you know when your new book is on its way!

Alee
Farmgirl Sister #8


Wanda Sue Posted - Apr 06 2024 : 5:47:42 PM
What a wonderful story Mary Jane! Thank you for sharing because I never heard about this in the news. I will be ordering this book to add to my collection of childrenís books. I worked in the school system for seventeen years and have saved all of the books I used to read to my classes, in hopes of reading to a future grandchild. I remember and have read Make Way for Ducklings many times, but that one belonged to the school. Maybe I will order it as well.

A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel.

Farm Girl #3677
Farmgirl of the Month: Aug/2022

MaryJane Posted - Apr 06 2024 : 3:58:57 PM
Thank you Alee! Here's another good children's book:



Reading this book will make your day. And if you give it as a gift, you'll be doing the same for others, and then when your recipients call to tell you it made their day, you'll get a made day all over again. It's the applause kind of ripples-on-a-pond story (actually the Spokane River in Washington) that we can't seem to get enough of. Thank you to the banker, who in real life rescued the paddling of ducklings, catching them one by one midair, and the onlookers who cheered him on. Thank you to the author, an attorney, who decided to rally his mother, age 79, and his daughter, age 12, to help him illustrate it. And if you're a boomer like me, who raised a brood of children reading them the classic 1941 Make Way for Ducklings book about a pair of mallards who raised their brood in the Boston Public Garden and a police officer who stops traffic for them, youíll probably still remember reading this out loud hundreds of times, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Quark, Quack, and Pack. And you might even remember that the bronze statue of the ducks that was erected in the Boston Public Garden took on global ramifications when Barbara Bush gave a duplicate statue to Raisa Gorbechev as part of the START treaty. Now weíre talking world diplomacy, which is exactly where The Downtown Ducks is headed, because ... https://www.raisingjane.org/journal/



MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
Alee Posted - Apr 04 2024 : 11:58:01 AM
Maryjane- Iíll send you the book! I think you and Anna would hit it off famously!

Alee
Farmgirl Sister #8


MaryJane Posted - Apr 04 2024 : 07:54:12 AM
Nice to have you around again, Alee! I've never read Solviva but have come across Anna's work elsewhere. Her publisher, Chelsea Green Publishing in White River Junction, VT is the publisher for more of the same from other authors. I love picturing you dreaming/conjuring a place where her tried/true methods can be put to use.

And katmom, I've never once thought about reading mid-century, modernism movements! That's some niche. I'm going to give it a go though because I do think reading books favoring history is important. I love it when an author wanders off into a history lesson, even if only a sentence or two.

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
Alee Posted - Apr 02 2024 : 05:14:23 AM
I just finished Solviva by Anna Edey, and while I wait for her to ship the next book, I think I might have to catch up with you ladies! I listen to a lot of audio books while I work and garden, but Zack loves for me to read to him each night. Iíll have to order Apple Picking Time! That looks absolutely beautiful!

Alee
Farmgirl Sister #8


Red Tractor Girl Posted - Apr 01 2024 : 10:32:32 AM
MaryJane, I live in a state where it is way too hot for apples to grow. However, my old, old Satsuma orange tree is full of white flowers this year and I can already see lots of tiny green balls where the blooms have finished. Hopefully, this will be a good year for oranges because they are so good and fresh when eaten right off the tree.

This new Apple book looks very sweet and the illustrator made a welcoming and beautiful cover.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
MaryJane Posted - Mar 30 2024 : 11:16:54 AM
Hey Winnie, when this book arrived in my mail box I thought you'd sent it. After all, you are our resident apple seeder, apple knower, and ... orange??? grower?



But, the note inside said ....

https://www.raisingjane.org/journal/67392



MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
MaryJane Posted - Mar 30 2024 : 08:44:23 AM
Here's my A Gentleman in Moscow Reading with MaryJane book:

https://www.raisingjane.org/journal/67354

And hereís my A Gentleman in Moscow Great Finds and Giveaways giveaway:

https://www.raisingjane.org/journal/67359

Run, don't walk to my giveaway Gentleman book. You'll love it!



MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Mar 18 2024 : 1:01:18 PM
Yesterday, I finished When The Jessamine Grows. This book really had an impact on me and I was able to relate to the main character on so many occasions. It makes me more grateful for what I have today and the small things that I take for granted.

Then this morning I read the first chapter in The Life She Was Given. I am really looking forward to this one.

Great book choices!!

Krista
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Mar 06 2024 : 12:42:22 PM
The chapter I read last night from When The Jessamine Grows, has me feeling so emotional and involved. You know it's a good book when you feel like you are right there with the characters. Has anyone else chosen to read this book?

Krista
katmom Posted - Mar 05 2024 : 4:44:10 PM
I am kind of eclectic when it comes to reading.. I love historical books, obviously gardening, Arts and Crafts.. and Architecture,,,
I am currently reading, "Master of the Mid-Century Architecture of WM. Cody...
I just finished ;Mid-Century Design Source Book.. which is about the Modernism movement,, how it started, it's struggles through WW11 and Hitler Fascist Regime...

And since there is nothing worth watching on TV tonight I see a couple of hours of snuggling up with my kitty and my book and of course, a lovely glass of wine..



>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!
katmom Posted - Mar 05 2024 : 4:30:04 PM
Ditto,, luv the little curb side 'libraries.. there is one in the Church parking lot across the street from our Dog Groomer's salon.. ..
Actually I have seen several around Spokane.. I love it!

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!
nndairy Posted - Mar 05 2024 : 4:10:37 PM
I love the free libraries! You never know what great books you're going to find. And once you start looking for them those free libraries pop up all over the place! I also found an amazing trailer at our farmers market last summer. They called it books for the homeless. The lady was busy talking to others so I didn't get all the details but there was a big trailer filled with books and they were all free. They accept donations - money and books. I don't know where all they go, they were not at the market any other time I was there. But, I have a bag of books ready to go to town to the free libraries and I'll have another ready by the time the farmers market opens in case the trailer is back!

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
MaryJane Posted - Mar 05 2024 : 1:47:40 PM
Carol mentioned three books she's read recently and casually added, "I found them in the 'free library' boxes that are in peoples' yards when I was out walking."

How cool is that!!!!

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
Red Tractor Girl Posted - Mar 05 2024 : 12:29:38 PM
MaryJane, this new book sounds very interesting! I like your idea of a summer ice cream social and book sale too. That would be a lot of fun and very different. Summer reading has always been popular with people so why not give them a chance to pick up some new authors and subjects to make this summer one of the best experiences.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
MaryJane Posted - Feb 29 2024 : 07:35:13 AM
Winnie, I always love knowing what books you're up and the seeds you are planting. Also, that's an impressive way to support a library! That gets me to thinking about a book sale & ice cream social ...

Hereís my The Life She Was Given Reading with MaryJane book:

https://www.raisingjane.org/journal/category/glitterati

And hereís my The Life She Was Given Great Finds and Giveaways giveaway:

https://www.raisingjane.org/journal/category/great_finds



MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
Red Tractor Girl Posted - Feb 25 2024 : 08:22:08 AM
MaryJane, I am a fellow traveler with you on reading books. There is so much to learn and so many wonderful books to enjoy. While I do keep many favorites, in the past few years, I have been passing them on to our local Friends of the Library who offer two huge sales each year. The one we had last October brought in the largest revenue ever. They were able to send money to our local schools to purchase needed books, our local prisons, and the local homeless community library. The sale days are fun because you see so many friends and everyone has tote bags, paper bags, whatever they can find and come and fill them up with new books to enjoy.

Recently, I read Walter Issacson's biography of Benjamin Franklin and I was stunned at how much I never knew about this man who was one of our most important Founding Fathers. I am so glad I read it ! Now I am off reading Miranda Carter's book, George. Nicholas, and Wilhelm : Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I. I know so little about Europe during the late 1880s onward and the complicated history that is once again struggling for freedom and democracy. This book is very well written, easy to read, and full of how things began to fall apart with the ending as WWI.

MaryJane, I am going you with the other Farmgirls who want to plant books everywhere in my old age!! This is my kind of fantasy too.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
Jokamartell Posted - Feb 23 2024 : 7:43:22 PM
I love this so much! :) My daughterís first grade teacher(many, many years ago) commented to me that Amy turned in a book order every time she brought home a scholastic book form. My response to him?? One can never have too many books. I still believe this to be true to this day! :)

Karen :)

To quote one of my past preschoolers ďNot one of those Karens, but a good KarenĒ! Haha
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Feb 23 2024 : 1:40:08 PM
Auntie MJ, I just love this!! I have always had a huge passion for children's books. My kids have shelves and shelves of books. Many of those books we have read over 100 times. I purchased most of my children's books when I was working in a daycare years before I even had children. I feel the need to make sure that all children have books in their lives, but I never looked at it from an adult perspective. It's just as important to make sure adults have books to read. I will join you on this reading journey. Your first reading with MaryJane book has been a great choice. I am enjoying the story and finding times when it's hard to put down. I look forward to seeing what book you pick next.

Krista

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