One of the books (sold out) on bookstand is a flower with love which is one of my favourite bruno munari books. I found it at the public library before I actually knew who bruno munari was.
Early morning lights on the way home. Cabin floor on a rainy day this weekend.
I had the chance to go for a walk in the woods and have a really good think and sort out my ideas — get ready for the new year. I have a lot to do. I've been slightly changing direction for a few years now with my work and I can finally see where I'm heading. Somewhere that's a little less cute and a little more calm and hopefully, sometimes beautiful. But sometimes a little tiny bit cute. I'm not going to start striding around in a black turtleneck or anything, if you know what I mean.
The Form of the Book Book and Writings about Graphic Design by Richard Hollis.
From a motto pop up shop — I was chasing a 3-year old and holding a glass of wine, so it's a bit blurry.
I just used the last of the big machinery wrapping paper by Marian Bantjes that we had. I saved a scrap for Auggie. Marian's work is about expressing love and obsession through repetition, ornament and pattern. I was touched that she made this for for the little machine-lovers like my son. It's printed with fluorescent and metallic silver ink.
Les adventures d'une petite bulle rouge by Iela Mari — a boy blows a red bubble which transforms on each page. This book has some magic in it. It holds three-year olds a little spellbound. I've tried it on three of them now. I love it when the apple falls from its tree, cracks on a rock and turns into a butterfly.
Dino is the most beautiful dog, full of surprises. He only has one fault...what do you think it is?
Dino is not a dog like other dogs. He is a Bernese Mountain dog, but he is also an architect (with his black coat), an anteater (with his long snout), an ostrich (with his long legs), a tennis champion (with his white socks) and more!
So what is his fault? Il pête tout le temps. Prout!
Dino is by Iréne Schnoch for naïve books, with amazing design by les Associés réunis.
We will try to do an activity post soon, but in the meantime here is a little extra post from Robin.
When I was working on the endpapers for Julie Flett's Owls See Clearly at Night, I was given lot of beautiful illustrations to work with—hard to choose! We settled upon a nighttime scene, with buffalo in the front and a rabbit in the back, making them a simple two-colour vignette. The back endpapers were reminding me of something but I couldn't think what. Yesterday it popped into my head. It is the tale of The Old Man in the Moon from A Kingdom Lost for a Drop of Honey (and other Burmese folktales).
This is a book I had as a child, and is still on my bookshelf. I found the stories very fascinating. They have a similar structure to European folktales, but sometimes the outcome is surprising. For example, in the tale of Mister Luck and Mister Industry, it is Mister Luck who prevails — the structure is very different to The Ant and the Grasshopper). The setting, Burma, is full of tigers, elephants, monkeys, and little glimpses into daily life,
"It was the cool season, during which people travelled from one village to another, and there were many wayside stalls selling fried fish and fried cakes."
Anyway, the tale of The Old Man in the Moon goes like this (paraphrased):
There was an old man who made his living pounding paddy. He was alone, except for a rabbit as a companion. He pounded the paddy all day and into the night. His rabbit friend crouched nearby, eating the chaff.
One night the old man was tired of sifting the grain from the chaff after pounding it all day and he said, "If I only had an old woman with me, she could do the sifting, and also keep me and rabbit company." [I like that he is concerned about his rabbit's loneliness as well as his own.]
The Moon-goddess took pity on him and began to visit him during the day, taking the form of an old woman. She sifted and he pounded and at night she returned to the sky. After a few weeks the old man said, "Who are you? Why do you go away when night falls?" The old woman replied that she was the Moon-goddess and she then agreed to take the old man and his rabbit to her moon and let them stay with her forever.
You can still see them when the moon is full.
This past Saturday Simply Read Books launched Owls See Clearly at Night at Collage Collage. Owls See Clearly is an introduction to Michif, the language of the Métis people. Michif is a combination of Cree and French and used to be a common language in the Prairies, but is now disappearing. This book is a resource to help preserve Michif and it is also beautifully illustrated and carefully conceived by Julie Flett.
If you would like to know more about Michif, here are some resources from the book (click on the image to enlarge), including the online Métis Museum, which contains educational resources, stories and more.