I bought a book today

I bought a book today
on a whim
because it caught my eye
as I glanced that way
and glimpsed it
while walking briskly by
at the discount store
where I went in
for two quick things
and left
with three or four more
this book included
a picture book in fact
I read it cover to cover
standing in the aisle
including the author's note
at the back
when I finished reading
I hugged it to me
a literal hug
my arms wrapped protectively
around the book
as I squeezed it to me
there was no leaving without it
after that
it was mine
I needed it today
and the message within
even though it's for ages 4-8
and I'm still 39
legitimately
for another month or so
I'm not too grown up
to read it
and admire the pictures
within
I'm so glad
I bought a book today
The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse
By Eric Carle

How I loved the lesson in this book. As well as the insight into Eric Carle's childhood, the man who wrote and illustrated, "The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse". He had an art teacher when he was 12 or 13 who made all the difference in how he saw the world. With millions of copies of Eric Carle's children's books in print, I am so thankful for that special teacher in his life. His books inspire me, every time I read one. I admire his colorful illustrations, with the turn of every page.

The Pink Rooster
http://my.opera.com/jbaird/blog/2011/10/19/the-pink-rooster

When Art Calls You Home (Part 1)
http://my.opera.com/jbaird/blog/2011/05/18/when-art-calls-you-home-part-1

Strands of Silver
http://my.opera.com/jbaird/blog/strands-of-silver

I Am A Horse
http://my.opera.com/jbaird/blog/2011/05/15/i-am-a-horse

the sky is wakin' up
http://my.opera.com/jbaird/blog/2011/08/27/the-sky-is-wakin-up

© 2011 Janean Baird, Turquoise Tangles

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6 thoughts on “I bought a book today

  1. you are lucky to love books. i enjoyed this post. :happy:

  2. Originally posted by I_ArtMan:

    you are lucky to love books. i enjoyed this post. :happy:

    Thank you for reading my post, Scott Cumming. In the months since I joined My Opera, I've read and enjoyed your blog and your comments on John's page. He and I enjoyed several overlapping conversations today. I have my parents to thank for my love of books. My grandparents too. It was my grandfather who taught me to start at the beginning and read every word from cover to cover. As a result, I never skip the dedication page, Author's Note or afterward. This new picture book, by Eric Carle, pays homage to German artist, Franz Marc, and his expressionist paintings of blue horses. ~ Janean

  3. wonderful. and chagall did a few blue horses also. but it's great the way you describe how to read. i read the preface, author's introduction and epilogue if there is one. to get a perspective… that's the way my father taught us. :happy:

  4. Originally posted by I_ArtMan:

    wonderful. and chagall did a few blue horses also.

    Thank you for the tip on Chagall. My Art History lessons have faded a bit in the years since college. I love google though and found one of Chagall's blue horses and also a lively circus horse. What a wonderful way to start the day! Originally posted by I_ArtMan:

    but it's great the way you describe how to read. i read the preface, author's introduction and epilogue if there is one. to get a perspective… that's the way my father taught us. :happy:

    I enjoy reading every word the author writes and included in each volume published. The dedication page is often one of my favorites to analyze. Some authors use only initials to refer to loved ones and keep it brief, while others take a few pages and try to thank everyone they can possibly think of, like an Academy Award acceptance speech. I'm not sure yet which Type I am. I hope to one day have the opportunity to write a dedication page of my own. Time will tell. ~ Janean

  5. i love books too, i still hv owe to read some books i bought.. :)nice post Jane :up:Originally posted by jbaird:

    I hope to one day have the opportunity to write a dedication page of my own. Time will tell.

    I Agree ..so do I, keep hoping for that :DHave a nice day Jane

  6. Originally posted by LD37:

    i love books too, i still hv owe to read some books i bought.. 🙂

    I'm the same way, Dee, with a stack of Books To Be Read that, at the moment, is growing faster than I am reading them.

    Originally posted by LD37:

    Originally posted by jbaird:

    I hope to one day have the opportunity to write a dedication page of my own. Time will tell.

    I Agree ..so do I, keep hoping for that :DHave a nice day Jane

    Here's to us then! Aspiring Author's unite! My day is already brighter, from your kind words here, Dee. Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

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