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Joan Kyler

I've read both of these books and enjoyed them quite a lot. I appreciated the time the parents took to try to find literary locations. The first time I went to England, I tried to see all the places I'd read about in literature and history. That's the fun of travel (other than to see friends).

Don't feel too bad: I had the same reaction you did to Randolph Caldecott. I just had never really thought about who the award was named after. So, I had to look him up, too. Lovely illustrations.


Oh, I loved this book! If I went to Great Britain I would want to take a literary tour--oh, and visit Hay-on-Wye, of course. :-)

Carol in Maryland

This is a lovely book and I enjoyed
reading it too. They had a
wonderful time and that is
especially poignant when
one learns what sad lives
followed. I won't give
that part away, but just
rejoice in their good times.


What a marvelous find! I would so love to go traveling around to see the places where my favorite books were set or where their authors lived. I didn't know anything about Caldecott either, I always thought he was American!


They are wonderful reads, aren't they? I keep thinking that I need to do a little literary visiting close to home at the very least--go to Red Cloud and see Willa Cather's home--but have not quite managed anything so far (I need a travel buddy!). I would really love to return to Europe and find the literary spots--the only place I did manage to see was a house where Kafka lived in Prague--now I wonder if I took any photos... And the Caldecott illustrations are lovely indeed. I guess I just am so used to hearing certain things that I don't think too hard about how they came about--like the Caldecott Awards... Anyway--always nice to learn new things from my reading.


Me, too!! Linda--thanks so much for the Stillmeadow book, which is lovely and such a treat to have! I have been carrying it around the house for the last two days now--I shall be sending a proper thank you--it's so kind of you to think of me! And when I did go to Europe I never did bother with anything literary--where were my prioriities??!


Hmm. You make me very curious now. I am going to read it slowly--it is a loan from a friend and I don't need to mail it on for a while yet. I would like to do a little 'extracurricular' reading along the way!


Isn't this great? I went back and looked at the comments for the Heidi's Alp post thinking someone surely must have mentioned it to me then--it was vaguely familiar--but I am not sure now that I ever did know about it before--a lucky find (or rather loan from someone). I assumed Caldecott was American, too. He is buried in Florida I think, however. I need to look up how the award actually came about.

Liz F

I must see if I can get my paws on both Heidi's Alp and How the Heather Looks as they both sound lovely.
The cultural references in the latter have mystified me a bit though: admittedly I wasn't born until the year this book was written but I don't think I ever came across a florist selling fruit and veg even in the 60's. Greengrocers often sold plants and flowers alongside the apples and potatoes but they were usually either seasonal flowers (daffodils in the spring, tulips in early summer, chrysanthemums in the later summer and autumn) or houseplants like hyacinths and geraniums.
A florist usually sold just flowers and more exotic plants.
I don't recall Woolworths selling frozen food either but local butchers did sell milk and butter and eggs - mainly because in those days everything was sourced from local farms.
Hovis bread was just brown bread that was regarded as being healthier than white bread and was baked in tins which left the name on the side of the loaf. When I was little I used to love the mini Hovis loaves that you could get which seemed to taste even nicer than a slice of bread cut from a normal loaf! I think that they still do them although I don't think I have bought one since my children were little!


I loved Heidi's Alp--I think you will like it too--and I think the Bodger book is going to be good, too. I thought it was interesting as well regarding the references to where the food was bought! I swear that is where she says she went--maybe it was particular to the little town they were in in the late 50s? I have never heard of bread being baked in tins--I take it they no longer do that? I find cultural references to food completely fascinating--not sure whether it is just from a social science standpoint or that I just like thinking of eating the things! ;) We used to have Woolworths here, and I only remember them selling dry foods--snacks and such, though that would have been much later. I wonder if I can look it up in one of our library books--I think we have one about Woolworths as strange as that sounds.


This looks lovely.
I never thought of Caldecott as a real person, but probably most of these awards are named after a perosn.


I hadn't thought of the award as a person either! It makes sense that he was an illustrator--you learn something new every day, I guess!


What wonderful illustrations and I love the cover to How the Heather Looks. This sounds like quite a find!


Isn't that a lovely cover? It would certainly entice me to pick it up! So far I am very much enjoying it, too. A friend passed it my way, so I will need to return it, but if I like the rest as much as the beginning I will have to buy a copy for myself.

Simon T

How I loved this book!


This was a great choice, Simon--so thanks for that. I have had such an odd reading year and feel awful about the Dove books--has been really hit or miss for me, but finally one I could easily fall into! :)

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