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A Few of My Favorite Things

Pumpkin Moonshine Book Cover

    My very first favorite book was Pumpkin Moonshine, by Tasha Tudor. My mother said she read it to me a thousand times!

    Other childhood favorites were Big Susan, by Elizabeth Orton Jones; Now We Are Six, by A. A. Milne; The Deep River Girl, by Harry J. Albus (a biography of singer Marian Anderson, whom I had heard sing when I was about 8 years old); Kudla and His Polar Bear, by Miriam MacMillan; Brighty of the Grand Canyon, by Marguerite Henry; and Robert McKloskey's Make Way for Ducklings.

    Some favorites I enjoyed with my two children: Cowardly Clyde, by Bill Peet; Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton; Charlotte's Web, by E. B. White; and One Morning in Maine, by Robert McKloskey.

Reading a story to my four grandchildren   More favorites I read with my four grandchildren a few years ago: Barnyard Dance, by Sandra Boynton; Marven of the Great North Woods, by Kathryn Lasky; When Marian Sang, by Pam Munoz Ryan; and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, by Susan Wojciechowski.

    A few more favorites I like to share with kids: Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry; Linda Sue Park's A Single Shard; and Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan. Any of Chris Van Dusen's picture books make kids (and me!) laugh: A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee, and Circus Ship are three of my favorites. 

    Eight of my favorite nonfiction books: Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin; The Brooklyn Bridge, by Lynn Curlee; Good Brother, Bad Brother, by James Cross Giblin; Stone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be, by Jane Sutcliffe; Farmer George Plants a Nation and For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson, by Peggy Thomas; Just Fine the Way They Are: From Dirt Roads to Rail Roads to Interstates, by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge; and Russell Freedman's The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights.

    PHOTOGRAPHY is one of my favorite hobbies. Living near the Maine woods is great for taking nature photos. The seashore is not too far away, and that is another beautiful place to shoot pictures.

    TRAVEL by car, boat, plane, train in the U.S. and beyond. I love it! People and places of the world fascinate me. National parks and forests are among my favorite places wonderful for hiking, tenting, and taking pictures.

MUSIC is a source of great joy for me!  Sometimes I sit down and play the piano or organ for hours!

   SPORTS my favorites are swimming, canoeing, and skiing. I skied with my dad until he was 87. I haven't tried snowboarding, but it looks like a lot of fun! 

Mary making snow angelAnd when the snow is new and soft, I can't resist making snow angels!

    I have a few "SIT-DOWN" HOBBIES besides reading. My mother taught me to sew and to knit when I was very young, and I still enjoy both. Plus needlepoint and woodcarving. And I simply cannot resist crossword puzzles, cryptograms, sudokus, and an occasional jigsaw puzzle!

    Do you think I'll run out of favorite things? No Way!

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