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Sunday, July 23, 2017

#47 - Bronte - Emily Bronte

Title:  Bronte
Author:  Emily Bronte
Genre:  Poetry
Publisher/Date:  David Campbell Publishers, LTD/1996
ISBN:  9781857157284
Dates read:  7/8/17 - 7/23/17

As the editor’s note says “Emily Bronte’s poems are a reader’s pleasure and an editor’s headache. Most were unpublished in her life-time, many appear to be unfinished, punctuation is either erratic or entirely absent, and it is sometimes hard to tell whether the verses are autobiographical, written for the ‘Gondal’ saga she composed with her sister, Anne, or prompted by other motives.” 

Not familiar with the ‘Gondal’ saga I googled it and found a list of poems that Emily wrote between 1838 and 1845, most of which can be found in this book of poetry.  It all makes one to read the stories behind Gondal that the two girls invented in defense of their sister and brother’s imaginative stories of Angora, Exina and Alcona.  Yet these written stories are lost.

I love the cadence of her work.  The subject matter drifts from seasons to death and war, from midnight moons to fragrant dewy mornings.  Most are short – only five or six verses though some range in length from four to five pages.   I love how the editor summarizes this work – “As readers of Wuthering Heights will recognize, the shifting border between fact and dream is a hallmark of this writer’s imaginative world.”

Friday, July 21, 2017

#46 - Art Workshops for Children - Herve Tullet


Title:  Art Workshops for Children
Author:  Herve Tullet
Genre:  Kid Pic Book – Non-fiction 372.5
Publisher/Date:  Phaidon Press/2015
ISBN:  978-0-7148-6973-5
Date read:  7/21/17

Although Herve Tullet has written over 70 publications, I just ran across this book of his about a month or so ago.  In my quest for read a second book by an author, his Childhood Recaptured, hit the spot for me.  I should have read if earlier before today when granddaughter came for a visit.  If you want to do a project from one of the chapters, it requires getting your tools in order – whether a large roll of butcher paper, paint brushes, jars of poster paint, coveralls.  So I described to granddaughter what we could do another day when she comes over.

The fun things Tullet describes are meant for large groups of kids which doesn’t mean you are limited to many small children, though it does sound delightful when he’s telling us to change places or switch papers to make our art more interesting!

Wrapping up the book is an essay by Sophie Van der Linden.  She gives us an overview about Mr. Tullet and his talents – from builder of workshops to encouraging young participants; from his relaxed approach to being alert to everything that’s happening around him.  He sounds like the ideal teacher that we’ve all dreamed of – in the world of art or otherwise.

We are seeing art becoming a larger part of our granddaughter’s life.  And it’ll be fun to do one or more of these project with her, one day in the future.  Thank you Herve Tullet for your talent.