Well, May is the month of merrymaking and bountiful blossoms. Have you donned a gossamer gown, frolicked in a meadow, nibbled on strawberries yet?
So far, I’ve got the strawberries covered. They’re getting sweeter and sweeter every week. Still need to work on the gossamer and practice my frolicking. I am SO craving some strawberry shortcake with lots of fresh whipped cream right about now.
♥ The Happy Six ♥
1. Tomorrow is the official release date for dear friend Tanita S. Davis’s third YA novel, Happy Families (Knopf, 2012)!! I have pre-ordered a copy and can’t wait to read it. It’s already received glowing reviews from Kirkus, Richie Partington, and Ashley Perez, who calls the novel an antidote to the, “I’m Christian, Unless You’re Gay” disease discussed in Dan Pearce’s essay. Happy Families is about twins Ysabel and Justin, who discover that their father is transgendered. How will they ever come to terms with this? Sounds like it will be an enlightening and educational read, with provocative assertions about how families can redefine themselves, as they reassess what real love and commitment truly entails. Go, Tanita!
2. Congratulations are in order for children’s author/illustrator Grace Lin and her husband Alex Ferron, who welcomed a new baby girl into the world on May 2nd. They’ve named the new little Rain Dragon, “Hazel Maisy,” and from the few pictures I’ve seen, I can tell you she is a real beauty! I predict many delicious dumplings and homemade cupcakes in Hazel’s future.
3. Speaking of Grace, wanted to thank her for including Dumpling Soup on her list of 10 Favorite Books for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, posted at PBS Parents. It’s an honor to be mentioned alongside some of my own personal favorites (Lisa Yee, Justina Chen, Lenore Look, Janet Wong).
4. Wanted to point you to this touching essay, “Echoes of My Mother”, by children’s author Audrey Vernick. She actually posted it last year for the, To Mama With Love collaborative art project, but I only just saw it the other day. Didn’t realize that Audrey’s mom was also a children’s author. Poignant and beautifully written.
5. I’m looking forward to chatting with several special guests this month and featuring some fantastic new books. Since it’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, you may notice a little Hawaiian flavor here and there. Waiting in the wings: Candice Ransom, Margo Sorenson, Greg Pincus, Annette Simon, and my niece Cobi Kim (uber-talented plant foods advocate, videographer, blogger, food stylist and photographer).
6. Since it’s May, the month of flowers, thought I’d share a few photos taken by my nephew Ian on his recent Hawai’i vacation. It was the first time there for three of his four children, and as you can see by the first photo in this post, it didn’t take long for Marin to become an “Island Girl.” My father (age 97), was thrilled to meet his great-granddaughter and her two brothers for the first time. Enjoy these blooms from the Foster Botanical Garden in Honolulu:
Have a beautiful flower-and-strawberry-filled week. Hope your ideas blossom into wonderful stories!
**Special thanks to Ian James Dodge for permission to post all the Hawaiian flower photos!
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