Archive for December, 2010

“No more twist.” Twist, by the way, can be either decorative braid or a braided thread used for extra strength for buttons, and I’m not certain which was the intended usage in this story. It does seem as though the decorative would be the more likely–“all that was wanting was one skein of cherry-colored twisted […]


Beatrix Potter, the amazing writer, illustrator, naturalist, mycologist . . . wrote and illustrated 23 children’s tales and I think they saved her life. For those new to Beatrix Potter, and I’m not sure anyone is, she was the creator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and of such characters as Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle […]


What have we established? Kids love stories, and some stories seem to be timeless. They occur across cultures and over thousands of years. Children’s picture books are loved through generations and these books and fairy tales seem to accrue power through repetition.  (OK we didn’t actually establish the repetition thing, but anyone who’s had the […]


I know, most of what I write is about why kids love the stories they do, but I haven’t gone off on a rant for a while, so I guess I should. I’ll probably talk about a little Beatrix Potter story when I finish my rant, just because she’s wonderful. But today, I’ll rant. Most […]