Gnashed teeth of jealousy but praise for Bill Bailey’s recent book.  The gnashing, because he manages to write, illustrate, and publish a book during lockdown, while I, after a couple of years scratching through my first book, am nowhere near letting its fragments see the light of day.  Praise, because those who read his book… Continue reading HAPPINESS!

Learning to Read

Six years old…. Canton, China.    My six-year-old heart was burbling with excitement.  Today I would be given my very own book with real words in it!  Today I was going to learn to read.  I rushed to our classroom – an unused room in the servants’ wing of the house, overlooking the canal (windows closed… Continue reading Learning to Read