Tuesday, February 23, 2016


What I love most about local independent bookstores is that you can wander in and find perfectly curated books by local authors on display. I recognized Molly Beth Griffin's name from Loon Baby, which I picked up at the Anderson Center's celebration of children's books, which happens every fall, and this was the first of Maya's modest autographed book collection (she started collecting at age ten months--I know I'm impressed!).

Rhoda's Rock Hunt follows the narrative of a little girl named Rhoda who cannot help herself when she goes on a camping and hiking trip with her aunt and uncle--she collects all the stone beauties she comes upon and must carry them herself, which proves to be a daunting task.

My own Maya is now five and we have a pail full of rocks she's collected over the years. I'm saving them for our move, when we'll use them to decorate the edges of our new garden, which is kind of like what Rhoda does to honor the collection she's made: she makes cairns by one of Minnesota's ubiquitous rivers.

I first found this book when I was knee-deep in a KonMari experience, and this book deliciously fit in with the message of those tidying books: honor the things that spark joy by displaying them proudly, but don't overwhelm yourself with massive collections.

This reminds me of my friend's Everyone Needs a Rock project, full of beautiful photographs, and sending me on the hunt for a book by the same name.

On Tuesdays, I'd like to start recommending books for the younger set. If you ever want to recommend a book back, please do so! We're always looking to expanding our own collection,

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