Sunday, March 8, 2015

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It's the week of the book fair, and, if I've ever felt book-ed out, it might be this week.

It doesn't help that I've had a nasty lingering cold all week.

"A book, not a toy," was the refrain I heard from parents to their kids, "A book, not a toy." The powerful draw of a single Lego figure, encased in plastic, in the front of a $24.99 behemoth. A necklace, in front of a pinkish tween book. A row of stickers in the back of another Barbie book. Frozen book-from-movie selling out long before the latest Mo Willems. Passing over the fabulous $1.99 discount book for a pen that might work for a week.

I did my best, my mighty book warrior friends. But I think I'm down for the count.

On the other hand, I seemed to want nothing more, after a long day tirelessly, relentlessly, futilely cheering for books, than a hearty read each evening. I downed books like after-dinner mints.

Here's what I finished:





The new Jerry Pinkney, along with One Witch at a Time and I Love You, Blankie, all arrived and were subsequently read this week. The Kitchen House was a real novel, shared by a wonderful volunteer/book lover at the book fair this week. Of course, Weird But True and Secret Guide to Paris were both purchases from said book fair.

No reviews yet, but coming soon, I promise. When I get rested up. And well.










What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

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21 comments:

  1. Hope you feel better soon, Deb. And sorry about the lack of book buying at the book fair. Our library has a book sale once a year and our sales have been down the last few years too. E-books don't help either.

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  2. My kids have always loved those Weird But True books. :-) I no longer work book fairs but I remember the utter feeling of hopelessness when the kids would come up to check out with hands overflowing with plastic junk and nary a book in sight. :-( It's a hard thing since the library still makes money off the tchotchke sales but it does make your book-y heart hurt all the same.

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  3. Hope you get some down time to recuperate. Feel better soon!

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  4. Rest, relax, and repeat! It is hard to do anything much when feeling poorly...and how discouraging about the book sales.

    But nowadays, kids seem to want instant gratification...devices, etc. Book reading takes TOO LONG!

    Have a great week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  5. The toys are ridiculous, I know. My school's PTA runs the sale for us. They put the toys behind the "counter" so the only things the kids can handle without buying them first are the books.

    The kids do handle the books, many buy them, but many buy the toys, too.

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  6. First, hope you'll feel better soon. I know how much work those book fairs are. It's been quite a while for me, but I was a faithful volunteer for my daughter's elementary librarian and I did all the money work for her. Exhausting. It seems to my like there weren't all that many toy type things at that time. Anyway, take a rest and think spring! 70's this week - yes!!

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  7. We have one of those massive lego books with the one figure and my 5 year old pours over that book nightly. That does surprise me about the Frozen books selling out before the Moe Willems. But I guess at least they're reading. A few years ago there was a line of classics aimed at girls (Secret Garden, Little Women and maybe Anne?) that had a pretty little locket on each book and I did really like that. The locket kind of fit the tone of the book and my oldest ended up on a Jane Austen kick because of that series! Book Fairs are exhausting so hopefully you're able to grab some down time now! Have a great week!

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    1. Encouraging to know that kids don't simply wedge the tiny figure out of its plastic container and toss the book aside. Thank you, K.

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  8. Rest and get well. And just do what you want. Take the pressure off.

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  9. I have a cold, too. It really knocked me for a loop. I think I need the scratch and sniff wine guide, too. Hope you feel better soon. My Sunday Salon

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  10. Feel better soon - and scratch and sniff your wine book - purely for medicinal purposes of course!

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  11. What fun to read lots of children's books!

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  12. What fun to read lots of children's books!

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  13. Oh, I love the outfits! Great pic!

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  14. Book Fairs can be exhausting. We usually leave most of the junk in the boxes and don't even set it out. You read an interesting assortment of books this week too. I'm eager to read the new Jerry Pinkney. I love his illustrations. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  15. Wow a big week, life and books. I'm looking forward to reading The Kitchen House. Rest up, feel better and happy reading :)

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  16. I hope you feel better soon.

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  17. As a teacher, that's what I always hated about the book fair. One thing I liked was the teacher wish lists for parents so they could buy us classroom books if they wanted. Hope you'll feel well enough to visit some posts. http://ebogie.blogspot.com/2015/03/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-39.html

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  18. I love your Cat in the Hat costume! We've been on a bit of Dr. Seuss kick in our house since World Reading Day at my daughter's school. She recently brought home "On Beyond Zebra," which was one of my favorites when I was a kids, so we're having fun with that!

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  19. Ugh! I had a cold last week too! Thankfully mine has not lingered. I hope you recover soon! :)

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  20. I went with D to his book fair at school and it was interesting to see. It's so tough to work with kids who don't like to read as much, especially with the lure of the toys and trinkets!

    D loves the Weird but True books (and I like that he is learning some things). I hope you enjoy lots of "after dinner mint" books this week and feel better!

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