Friday, November 15, 2013

Virginia Wolf

My daughter recently rediscovered one of her last birthday books and upon reading it together, I rediscovered it too. 
The book is Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault, a story loosely based on the relationship between the writer Virginia Woolf and her painter sister, Vanessa Bell.

 I love the story itself; of sisterly love trying to break through the walls of depression and isolation. Vanessa is truly concerned for her sister and tries everything that she can think of to help cheer her up.

 Together they create Bloomsbury, a place of happiness and beauty that helps to pull Virginia out of her slump. Aspects of the lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell are skillfully woven into the narrative and give a sense of their mutual love.  And on top of that, the writing is clever and thoughtful with the artwork equally whimsical to match, reflecting the gifts of both those real life women.

It is rare that we have a children's book that I love to read as much as my children and vice versa but none of us have gotten tired of this one. 
I hope you'll check it out and love it as much as we do!

Happy Weekend, Friends!

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