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As everyone everywhere is aware, recent global events have thrown a monkey wrench into the works so to speak. The fear of the unknown and the uncontrollable has left people acting out of irrational fear rather than thoughtful common sense; hence the hoarding.

So it was a pleasant surprise to find that the book I grabbed out of my library stack for this week reminds us all that when the unexpected and the unimaginable happen, we can survive. And not only can we survive, but we can survive with dignity and hearts full of gratitude We can find joy!

Home in the Woods, by Eliza Wheeler, is the title of the book; and it is a beautiful illustration of the resilience of mankind. When six-year-old Marvel's father dies leaving behind his wife, Marvel, and her seven siblings, her world is turned topsy turvey. Her family is evicted from their home and are reduced to living in a tar-paper shack in the woods. At first it doesn't look like much of a home to Marvel, but as the seasons change, the family works together to get by and eventually Marvel sees their home through new eyes. Eyes that realize the home has transformed into something warm, bright, and full of love.

I hope you enjoyed a brief glimpse into my week as well as my foray into the kidlit world. I also hope to see you here again next Monday.

Wishes for a week full of wonder!


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