Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice"
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Betsy, Dana, Beth, and Anna
for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday
Yesterday I took a quick trip to one of my favorite spots in Spain via a picture book! When books arrive on my holds shelf at the library, I try to remember how they end up in my hands. Most of them arrive via recommendations from my blogger friends. I have no idea how these friends manage to read and write so much, but I'm grateful. They are my guides in the ever growing world of children's literature.
Julie Paschkis had a quilt exhibit (which I wanted to attend, but missed) this past spring in a nearby town. When I searched the library catalog for books she had illustrated, I was surprised to see a favorite book on the list: Janet Wong's Night Garden. Guess I should pay more attention to illustrators. Another title illustrated by Julie caught my eye, Building On Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudi, so I requested it. And yesterday's reading of this book inspired today's slice.
Here's one of Paschkis' whimsical illustrations from the book
showcasing the wonder of Park Guell, a spot we visited in Barcelona:
And here are Rodriguez's descriptive lines that accompany Paschkis' delightful illustrations:
"Park Guell is a fantasyland set on hillside.
Gatehouses warp and wave hello.
A mosaic lizard stands guard.
A long bench snakes around a playground."
These lines sent me in search of the photos I took at Park Guell when we visited Barcelona in 2006 after Sara's study abroad in Madrid.
|The long bench snaking around the playground|
|Sara and Lance on mosaic bench|
|Close-up of bench mosaics|
|Sun mosaic on the ceiling|
|Gatehouse waving hello!|
behind few words or plans.
His daring creations speak for him.
They tell his stories.
They are Gaudi's poem to the world.
Gaudi's buildings curve and arch.They sparkle and glitter
and whisper with joy."