Celebrate This Week- February 27, 2015

27 Feb
Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

This week I’m celebrating bookish moments in my life.

I had forgotten to mention it the other week but I had a great conversation over coffee about Christopher Pike with a regular bookstore customer. It was a blast to talk about our favorite author and the books of his that have inspired us to be writers!


This past Wednesday, we had our Family Book Club. We discussed Charles de Lint’s The Cats of Tanglewood Forest. It’s always fun to listen to how passionate the young readers get about the books we talk about. I love it when parents also end up participating and giving their input.

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (Newford)The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like to think of The Cats of Tanglewood Forest as a mix between The Chronicles of Narnia and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

I had thought this would have been a much darker story than it actually was. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

Lillian definitely has spunk. Charles de Lint created a great heroine and surrounded her with equally memorable characters. There were plenty of mystery and magic to go around.

I appreciated the Native American folk tale aspect of it as well. That’s not something I read about a lot.


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A Circle of Cats by Charles de Lint, Illustrated by Charles Vess

A Circle of Cats by Charles de Lint, Illustrated by Charles Vess

I also read the short story it was based on- A Circle of Cats. It basically had the same plot of a girl being turned into kitten to save her life. It was definitely interesting to see the differences between the two.


I went to an open house for a local non-profit last week. I learned many things. I had seen an empty bookshelf at their offices and I thought there’s definitely something missing. I met with one of the staff yesterday and I will be helping them build a library. I will share some more details about it soon since I’m very excited about this!


My Video Pick of the week is this scene from the Parks and Recreation series finale. I loved Leslie Knope’s enthusiasm and optimism and she knew that she wouldn’t have been where she’s at without the help of others. “Go find your team…”

What are you celebrating this week?


3 responses to “Celebrate This Week- February 27, 2015

  1. cvarsalona

    February 27, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Earl, I think the video of the week you chose is outstanding. It really brings home a message of positivity and the power of teamwork.

  2. jarhartz

    February 28, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Love that Leslie Knope! Thanks for sharing. I don’t catch the show as much as I’d like to. And your cat tales reminds me of Avi’s short story “Bored Tom.” Have you seen it?

  3. Linda Baie

    February 28, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    What a great video, Earl. And I’ve never heard of The Cats of Tanglewood Forest-will have to show it to those teaching the middle grades.


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