i took the kids to the library last week. i love the library. it is a little difficult with the two kids, and i can never spend as much time as i'd like. the stroller is a bit awkward down the narrow aisles, and being "quiet" is pretty much laughable when you have a 5 1/2 month old and a 2 year old. they get impatient and bored after about 10 or 15 minutes. i usually have an idea of exactly what i want to get, go straight to it and get out. last time i went i picked up about four books in the kids section, all alphabet books, for little buddy. he loves his ABCs (and has known them all since he was about 23 months old...what a genius my kid is). i didn't even bother to open them as i knew i wouldn't have time. so we got home and looked through them.
one of the books i picked up was called alphab'art, by anne guery and olivier dussutour. i figured it would be some cool artsy type letters, based on the cover. i was wrong! i opened this book and immediately fell in love. the concept is this: for each letter there is a painting. a painting by a famous artists (and several of my favorites). the letter is hidden somewhere in the painting, and you are supposed to find it. at the end, there are the answers--along with explanations of what the painting is about, a bit of history, and little biographies of the artists. it is a beautiful book.
so as little buddy and i were reading it, and he was telling me the names of the letters, i helped him find them in the paintings. i then told him the names of the artists and he repeated them back to me. i have never heard a cuter pronunciation of "modigliani" before in my life.
so if anyone wants a great idea for a gift for me....this book would be a great one. :) it's for sale on amazon....hahaha!
(for those of you who know me in real life...i have a video of little buddy saying the names of the artists that i will upload to facebook. it's so cute you just have to check it out!)