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1. Who is this?

I get obsessed with weird things sometimes. Like an actor or actress, usually someone a little older who I've just seen in something yummy, so I start wondering how old they are and if they're married and what else they've done and how they got started, so I google them, and read up.

I found this really fun site with "what they looked like then" pictures of all sorts of entertainers . This is a treasure chest of pictures of people who you might know now from PBS shows or "regular" television or movies, who seem strangely familiar but you're not sure who they are. You know how you see some older movie and about half way through go "oh my god, that's THAT GUY" who is now 35 or 40 years older, and maybe you know his name or you don't, and if you don't you have to wait for the credits.

My Mom does this to me a lot. She comes over and watches Turner Classic Movies, and especially loves anything from the 1930s or 40s. Last week there was something on with Lucy and Ricky from way before they were Lucy and Ricky Ricardo of I Love Lucy fame. They were so young, it was weird.

Anyway, just thought I'd share what I've spent the last hour doing when I should be doing something else.

And in case you haven't guessed, that's Sir Derek Jacobi circa 1973.
Here's one more I couldn't resist.

Give up?
Helen Mirren, from the same year.

(and I'm hoping Sir Derek and Ms. Mirren won't mind me infringing a copyright of these pictures, if there is one, since I'm linking to the site they're on.)

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2. Books at Bedtime: The Ties of Love – Picture Books about Adoption

Take a look at – and listen to – this delightful e-card from Barefoot Books: author Amy Tan narrates the poem from the recently-published Motherbridge of Love. Once you’ve heard the poem and been given a Motherbridge of Loveglimpse of the lovely illustrations by Jose Masse, you’ll understand why this would be a perfect book to read as a bedtime story, especially but certainly not only if you have adopted children of your own. There’s a special story behind it too, since the author of the poem is unknown: but it highlights the questions an adopted child might have about where they come from and who they are. I was fortunate to be able to catch up with Xinran, founder of the Mothers’ Bridge of Love charity, to whom the poem was sent and to which the royalties for the book will go – you can read the interview here; and here’s a photo of Xinran with Amy Tan, taken when they met recently during Xinran’s whistle-stop tour of the States.

Another recently-published picture-book featuring adoption is Grace Lin’s gorgeous The Red Thread: An Adoption Fairy Tale. The Red Thread: An Adoption Fairy TaleIt has all the traits of an enduring fairy tale – and love as the overriding principle. It creatively incorporates the “ancient Chinese belief that an invisible, unbreakable thread connects all those who are destined to be together.” This is something that many adoptive parents of children from China become aware of during their sometimes long, emotional journey through the adoption process. Grace has indeed turned it into the stuff of fairytales. She talked about the book in her charming interview with 7-Imps back in May; and Just One More Book featured it a few weeks ago.

Both these books are valuable additions to the slowly increasing number of picture-books which focus on adoption; and each in its own way has those qualities which will keep them special for years to come.

For more books featuring adoption, check out Rose Kent’s great Personal View on the PaperTigers main website: “Three Cheers For Adoption Books – And Why We All Should Read ‘Em”, with her recommendations for children of all ages. Chicken Spaghetti has put together a list of books for National Adoption month, as has Andrea Ross in her revealing podcast Thicker than Water: True Family Ties for Swimming in Literary Soup.

…And don’t forget, the auction of Snowflakes for Robert’s Snow: For Cancer’s Cure is still going on - Auction 2 starts tomorrow! Grace Lin’s own snowflake is featured in the PaperTigers Gallery along with others by artists from around the Pacific Rim…

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3. The Might of Metaphor: The Red Thread (An Adoption Fairy Tale)

The Red ThreadAuthor: Grace Lin
Illustrator: Grace Lin
Published: 2007 Albert Whitman & Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807569224 Chapters.ca Amazon.com

Dramatic, stylized folk art, carefully worded text and a cleverly crafted story-within-a-story format combine to create an engaging story time snapshot that vividly illustrates the unwavering strength of parental devotion — and the quiet power of children’s books.

You can read more about Robert’s Snow: Art Auction for Cancer’s Cure here.

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