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England: Liberty of London

Thursday, April 1st, 2010
Back from my trip from the UK.   One of the highlights was visiting the Liberty store in London.

I loved the amazing displays…
…loved the Quilty Pleasures at Liberty display…
(which included this amazing quilt made of Barbie Dresses)
… loved everything in the store…
(including this postcard set that i bought)
…and of course i totally loved the printed outside wall of the side of the store.
(I am going to live in a printed house when I grow up)

More great Liberty stuff:
Liberty Collection at Target:

Cacharel:  Le Liberty Book:

The Intimate Ape by Shawn Thompson

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

A new book on orangutans was just released, so obviously I bought it right away. I am only a few pages in but I really connected with these feelings the author was having:

“One of the things I struggled with while writing this book was the sense of how little power we have personally. The more I learned about orangutans, the worse I felt, until it seemed that there was little I could do myself. I am just one person. This problem is too big for me alone. The powerlessness and hopelessness was a real obstacle.”

I struggle with this often.  In fact, it seems every time I have a few too many glasses a wine I start crying to whatever poor soul is next to me about how fabulous orangutans are and how I don’t know how to help them and that it all feels so hopeless.  I am glad to know that someone shares these feelings, not only because it makes me feel slightly less crazy.  But also, because it gives me hope that others do care and that maybe we can make a difference.

 The Intimate Ape: Orangutans and the Secret Life of a Vanishing Species by Shawn Thompson

If I Was Rich…

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

… I would buy beautiful embroidered books. Like these:

Monsters of the household variety by Ruth Ashton

Bird by Kat Macleod

Reich Karoly

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

I have recently become obsessed with the Hungarian childrens book illustrator. They are fabulous! As usual I am on a mad hunt to buy some of his books and this collective book. It seems I may need to learn Japanese – so I can order all the books I am obsessed with. A few foreign sites with his books: Fineza, CurioBooks, Cesta, Gangle Gifts, Cesta Net. Perhaps its time for another trip to the local Kinokuniya store.

Recent Reads

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Riding public transportation is good for the environment and also gives you lots of time to read!

Here are the last few books I’ve read:

Zee Avi

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
Zee Avi – Debut Album on Amazon

Zee Avi’s first album was released today. I downloaded it from iTunes first thing this morning. I’ve been waiting to buy it since I first heard her “No Christmas for Me” single back in December. She was discovered on YouTube. If her dreamy voice and amazing music didn’t make her cool enough – the girl grew up in Malaysian Borneo, a place we all know is very dear to me.

I am going to see her on her first American tour this Friday at the Rickshaw Stop in San Fran. I can’t wait!

how cute is she!

Illustrator: Olivier Tallec

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Olivier Tallec is a french children’s book Illustrator. He is currently an artist in residence at San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum. He also has a great little exhibit at the San Francsico Public Library and while you are there you should also check out Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World. He had some fabulous drawings down at the library which I am going to have to go back and try and get some pictures of. I did buy one of his books, Thumbelina of Toulaba (written by Daniel Picouly), while I was visiting the cartoon art museum. Thumbelina of Toulaba includes some great animal drawings, here are some of my favorites:

Some other books illustrated by Olivier Tallec:

Gus is a Fish
Gus is a Tree
A Poem to Cure Fish

There are more that are only published in French.

A few other images from other books:

Growing Up

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

My favorite animal planet series “Growing Up” is now available on DVD. It’s a series about orphaned animals being raised at sanctuaries. They are available with four episodes per disc for $9.99 – 12.99.

Growing Up Wilderness
Growing Up: Black Bear
Growing Up: Sitka Deer
Growing Up: Moose
Growing Up: Coyote

Growing Up Arctic
Growing Up: Polar Bear
Growing Up: Seal
Growing Up: Walrus (one of my favorites)
Growing Up: Penguin

Growing Up Safari
Growing Up: Rhino (another favorite)
Growing Up: Zebra
Growing Up: Hyena
Growing Up: Giraffe

Growing Up Wild Cats
Growing Up: Lion
Growing Up: Tiger
Growing Up: Cheetah
Growing Up: Black Leopard

Growing Up Gift Pack
The “Growing Up DVD Gift Pack” includes all four listed above plus Growing Up: Primate which is not available separately. Growing Up Primate includes Growing Up Orangutan my absolute favorite!

What is missing?

Growing Up Grizzly narrated by Brad Pitt was released in 2001 and has used copies available.

Where is Growing Up: Panda, Growing Up: Clouded Leopard and Growing Up: Grizzly 2 (With Jennifer Aniston)? Unless they are included in the entire set it does not seem like these are available for purchase.

Reading list: Wildlife

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Some of our favorites…

In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall’s first publication on chimpanzees about her first ten years in Gombe.
Through a Window by Jane Goodall
The follow up to In Shadow of Man.

Reflections of Eden by Birute Galdikas
This is my favorite of the books on great apes. Dr. Galdikas includes stories of her personal life in with her stories about Orangutans.
Reason for Hope by Jane Goodall
Stories that inspired Jane Goodall – from her own personal experiences with Chimpanzees to the stories of inspiring people she has met through out her life
Last Chance to See by Doulgas Adams
A book about the quest to find some of the worlds most endangered species by the writer of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Journey of the Pink Dolphins by Sy Montgomery
So – I haven’t actually read this yet – but it is going to be good. I love all of Sy Montgomery’s books. Plus it’s about pink dolphins in the Amazon – how cool are they.
Gorillas in the Mist by Dian Fossey
A little more scientific than Dr. Goodall’s or Dr. Galdika’s books about great apes. Still a good read that really shows what a strong, incredible women Dian Fossey must have been.
Walking With the Great Apes by Sy Montgomery
A great general book about great apes and Leakey’s angels.
A Chimp in the Family by Vince Smith
This book is one of my favorites. It’s a heartwarming story about a man who raised a chimpanzee and his quest to give her the best life he could. Also published as Sophie’s Story.

The Good Good Pig by Sy Montgomery
A favorite for any pig lover.

Search for the Golden Moon Bear by Sy Montgomery
About the search to discover a new bear species.