Women and Children of the Klondike

Some of the oldest buildings in Vancouver are in in areas where few people visit.  It is not unusual for residents to rarely enter a historic building in the city.  For those Vancouverites who are currently looking to purchase a home, there are opportunities to attend open houses in “old timer” homes – homes that [...]

Barefoot Books

The moment we first saw the Barefoot Books catalogue, we fell in love with the selection of beautifully illustrated books from around the world, and related items that support the literacy experience of children.  If you are committed to exploring multicultural ideas with the children in your life, you will want to check out the [...]

Bookmark book'mark The Library Store

The next time you are rushing through the main entrance of the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, turn right and head straight into the book’mark store.  You won’t regret making this detour.  book’mark The Library Store has been set up by the Friends of the Vancouver Public Library to raise funds for library acquisitions in [...]

Loving Mary Engelbreit

Aaah – Mary Engelbreit. What’s not to love about her vibrant, sweet illustrations? In recent years you might have come across copies of her “Nursery Tales” and “Mother Goose: 100 Best Loved Verses” publications.  Either book makes for a perfect gift for a young child.  You just might want to purchase a second copy for [...]

Marketplace: Under the Chinaberry Tree

Have you signed up for your copy of the Under the Chinaberry Tree catalogue?  The catalogue has been around for thirty years – since the days when online shopping was not available.  You must remember those days when it was exciting to receive a catalogue in your mailbox.  The catalogue presents more than 500 fully [...]

The Work of Baba Brinkman

 Baba Brinkman was born in the West Kootenays – a beautiful and somewhat remote area of British Columbia- and grew up mostly in Vancouver. According to his biography he was raised in the midst of the province’s tree-planting sub-culture, which was founded in the 1970s by his parents and their friends.  Baba planted trees for [...]

Daily Dish:  For the Love of Poetry

The one thing perhaps worth saying about the disappearance of poetry from public view is that we’re likely losing a way of understanding something about life that we don’t get from other linguistic modes, such as story, discourse or the language of science. (S. Persky reviewing “Vancouver:  A Poem”.) This week I received a surprise [...]

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (excerpt)

If you go owling you have to be quiet, that’s what Pa always says. I had been waiting to go owling with Pa for a long, long time. [...] When you go owling you don’t need words or warm or anything but hope. That’s what Pa says. The kind of hope that flies on silent [...]

On the hunt

In 1980 Kit Williams published a book entitled “Masquerade” . This beautifully illustrated book included sixteen of the artist’s paintings containing clues to the puzzle of a hidden gold object. Prior to the publication of the book, the author created a gold filigree rabbit with a ruby eye and buried it in the English countryside. [...]

Daily Dish: Loving the Wonderful Alice

The Alice in Wonderland books deserve repeated scrutiny when you consider that the tales reference topics such as set theory, meta-language, Aristotelian logic, topography, game theory, several pre-Socratic logic paradoxes and even quantum physics.  Despite mixed reviews, the Alice in Wonderland movie starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter generated a lot of interest.  The movie [...]

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