Thursday, June 4, 2020

A story about The Story of Babar

The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant: De Brunhoff, Jean ...

Many years ago I lived in a little village on Mount Lebanon. One of the first books I was given was a copy of The Story of Babar written in the original French. Many Lebanese are bilingual (French and Arabic) and I was learning both of these languages at my school. When the civil war broke out my Babar book went with us as we fled to the island of Cyprus. Later my copy went to uni with me in England; and then I brought it to the States with me when I moved here. Before my daughter was born I got an English copy of the book which I read to my baby before she was came into the world..
In the June issue of the journal I created a new feature: The Classics and Favorites Collection. It felt essential that The Story of Babar should be included in this collection as soon as possible.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Through the Looking Glass is back

Dear Book Loving Friends,
It has been months since I connected with you and I imagine some of you have thought that I'd fallen off the face of the earth. For some years now I have been ill, getting sicker and sicker with every month. After trying everything under the sun to improve my situation, I finally found a doctor who was willing to do the surgery that I needed. I was just starting to recover from that when I caught the dreaded Covid monster. Honestly, I have had the worst luck lately. I am finally able to breathe normally again - mostly - and am back at my desk trying to pick up the pieces of my former life.
Yesterday I launched a new issue of the Through the Looking Glass Book Reviews for the month of June. In this issue I celebrate some of my favorite books. Some are considered classics, while others hopefully will become classics in time. While I was sick, I often turned to this old and new friends for solace. It is hard to be completely miserable when you are spending time with Eloise, Pooh, Paddington Bear, Maisy Mouse, and Harry Potter.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some stories about the books in this collection that I hope will interest you.