The author's words, for the way he recommended rooting the avocado in water, balanced by toothpicks or pins, were "like a miniature botanical spacecraft". That's one of those book phrases that has stuck in my brain for decades. (Other such phrases, such as a "perfect day for a bananafish", written by J.D. Salinger, and of course the Dr. Seuss quote from Horton Hears a Who, "a person's a person no matter how small", return to my lips over and over again. Perhaps I'll have to write a blog post with a collection of favorite book phrases!) And now back to the botanical spacecraft - here's an illustration from the book:
Meanwhile, the phrase "botanical spacecraft" reminded me of another book.
Something New Under the Sun is a very odd little book...
Here's Looking at You is a book of poems, each illustrated by someone different.
Then there's a book about an "active" little boy, Timothy the Terror.
And my personal favorite is Number 24, a quiet, wordless book, about someone waiting for a bus. Most people seem to just scratch their heads at this book.
Here's a treasure that my dad found in the store and gifted to me as a surprise.
Yup! The illustrations are by the sculptor Alexander Calder!!!
They very much remind me of the animals in his Circus.
Maybe you are familiar with Edward Gorey. But have you seen this little alphabet book, The Gashlycrumb Tinies? I never shared it with kids at school, because I was worried that someone would get upset. Because, after all, every letter of the alphabet stands for a child that dies in some horrific way. Still, I find it hysterically charming. Is there something wrong with me?
If you are of my generation, perhaps you remember Gerald McBoing Boing?
Today on NPR, I heard a story about the ground-breaking book Our Bodies, Ourselves, that I've owned since the 80's. How many young women like myself learned absolutely everything about being a woman from this incredible book?
And finally, I'll close with a lovely book, To Every Thing there is a Season.