Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
— William Shakespeare
If you love books pulsing with voice, that magical quality that brings characters to life, you’ll love It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, by Josh Funk, illustrated by Edwardian Taylor, Two Lions, 2017. In it, Jack wrestles the story away from the narrator, fashioning his own ending and owning his own story. A great message for those of us who want to be in charge of our own stories, who want to direct our lives in directions that make our hearts happy, and who will get there, with or without a handful of magic beans.
Copyright 2018 Brenda Davis Harsham
Notes: Eye surgery may lay in my future, but I have a supportive, happy family that will see me through. I hope your summer leaves lasting impressions of color and magic on your mind that will carry you through winter, like a sled down an icy hill.