Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot

Monday, February 7, 2011


In a list of unusually long and interesting words, Merriam-Webster Online includes Trichotillomania, an abnormal desire to pull out one's hair. Trichotillomania is classified as an impulse-control disorder that is estimated to afflict 2-4% of the population. How much you wanna bet the percentage is really much higher and those afflicted are mostly the mothers of teenagers?! I have no words of wisdom to impart to those mothers. We all need to hang on to the reality that it really does get better. Personally, I find that a good sense of humor and a really cute dog go a long, long way. Add in a really good book where you can get delightfully lost in an amazing story and you've got it made.

Maybe you'll want to combine all of the above and you can - with Louise Yates' Dog Loves Books. Dog, who owns a bookstore and reads while he awaits customers, gets lost in his reading adventures.  Dog is lovable. I can't help but want to package this book with How Rocket Learned to Read and Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't) as a gift for a Kindergartner.