jo: emily of deep valley by maud hart lovelace… this book is so sweet and lovely! written in the early 1900's, emily of deep valley is startlingly modern in its characters and their emotions. in its beginning, i felt rather depressed as emily was blue with longing to go to college, thinking the winter would be wasted as she remained at home to look after her war vet grandfather. as i read more pages, however, i fell in love with it, as emily discovered herself and the incredible things she had the potential to create. from a literature club to dancing, from making friends with unique and fun people to pursuing everything she loves, emily of deep valley was an incredibly relatable, inspiring, and fun book.
julia: charlotte in giverny by joan macphail knight… i really like this book. I've read it before. it's about a young girl named charlotte who is staying in giverny, france. her father is an artist and is going to study impressionist art. the book takes place in the 1890's. it is like the journal of the year charlotte stays in giverny. charlotte and her story are not real, but it is based on what could have happened to a girl. i also like all of the art, old pictures, and the book has a lot of the famous impressionistist paintings... like a few monets in it. you also learn a few french words. the book has lots of pictures and is not super long to read. i think it's a cute and sweet story that girls might enjoy.
extra goodness: julia, child by kyo maclear… we can never resist a good picture book! the story takes a dash of julia child + a dollop of imagination + a generous helping of divine artwork and ends up with an inspiring, delightful story.
check these out at your local library!
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love, jane + jo + julia