Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Stormy skies

We sat astride this log on our way home from school. Xavier read me his school reading book ‘Prince Albert’s birthday’ while I quickly sketched the view. It’s good to hear words like trifle, spiffing and parlour in a reading book – so many of the reading books can be irredeemably dull, but I liked this one.


Blogger annie said...

Now this is a great way to have a boy's company and sketch, Julie-- Xavier is busy reading so he doesn't get restless while you sketch. And I agree about the words. I was terribly bored with Dick & Jane at school after a home diet of A.A.Milne with Ernest Shepard drawings and Beatrix Potter books with those lovely illustrations and tongue-rolling sentences (" 'I am affronted,' said Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit" )...
("Some people say that the effect of lettuce is soporific. I have never felt sleepy after eating lettuce; but then, I am not a rabbit.")...


P.S. And I love stormy clouds.

6/09/2009 9:13 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Annie I absolutely love the language in Beatrix Potter. You picked two of my favourite phrases - I love the way she doesn't condescend to children.

6/09/2009 10:51 PM  

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