Friday, March 19, 2010

~ summer light ~

Summer Light -Thru the Trees
Summer Light - Spotted Me
Summer Light - Palest Gold
Summer Light - Bright and Bold

I Saw Summer Light Descend
Summer Light, Made Shadows Bend
Summer Light, On An Emerald Pond
I Reached Out… It Touched My Palm

Summer Light, It Fell Like Powder
Or a Floating Incandescent Feather
Came Down, Like A Sheer, White Swan
Summer Light – Lifted Wing-Like Arms

So Sunrays Slanted – Shone-Misty
Summer Light-Beams, Embraced Me
Warm, Wonderful Summer Light
Touch Me Tender, Solar- Might

Summer Light, When I Was Lost
Summer Light, Found Me Before Frost
Summer Light - None Else Looked For Me…
Summer Light Said, “I Always See…”

I Love Summer Light

~Moonbee Canady

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

summer moments...

~ A little angel comes home.
~ Reading Nadeem Aslam's 'The Season of the Rainbirds' and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
~ The papery beauty of pressed bougainvillea flowers.
~ Ripe fragrance of summer fruits.
~ Spurt of growth and blooms in my hibiscus & alamanda plants.
~ Melon, Banana & Honey milkshakes.
~ Chai with leftover cupcakes.
~ Afternoon siestas;-)

What are your summer moments like?

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

creative world of books...

As a mother of a 7 year old I am always on look out for good books that will enrich, educate, nurture & fuel the imagination of my girl.

In this world of fast food, in-your-face commercials, barbie-mania & pre-teen becomes increasingly difficult to expose them to the beautiful world of books. The world where we grew up!

The world of Enid Blytons, of those Russian fairytales where Vasilisa was oh! so beautiful, of Amar Chitra Kathas where the illustrations by Uncle Pai always had me enthralled.
I am happy that my daughter shares my love for books and is intrigued when I narrate small incidents from my childhood about books & stories.

Recently I came across some lovely books, thanks to the amazing world of blogging & some helpful friends~

'Pampasutra' by Arshia Sattar with mind-blowing illustrations by young Shilo Shiv Suleman.
It's a beautifully illustrated story of the river Pampa as narrated by herself as she flows through the rich Vijayanagara Empire.

'The Fried Frog and other funny freaky foodie feisty poems' by Sampurna Chattarji

Here is a small excerpt from her book
"I am sick of learning Lochinvar,
I'm sick of Robert Frost,
Kept stopping by those snowy woods-
Why didn't he go get lost?

And daffodils and babbling brooks,
I don't care if they're pretty,
I'd rather read a wicked poem
About living in my city."

I quite liked Sampurna's style & here's something for me too;-)
My daughter strangely identified with her style of writing. She also narrated a poem from the book at her school recitation event:-)

Dinaben and the Lions of Gir by Meera Sriram and Praba Ram.
Though not for my daughter's age group, but a beautiful bilingual book for 4+ readers that captures how Man and Lions co-exist in the forests of Gir in Gujarat.

Meera & Praba are part of Saffron Tree ~ a website that brings to you reviews, recommendations, pointers to great children's books from India & the U.S.

This is their first book and has been published by Tulika and I wish them great success:-)