Monday, September 17, 2007

Happy Belated Birthday... Mr. Tomie dePaola! His birthday was on my calendar for Saturday, but the weekend got in the way so we are going to enjoy all of his wonderful stories and celebrate his birthday today. We will dress in white (it's Tomie's favorite color), make some popcorn (it's Tomie's favorite food), read Hitty: Her First Hundred Years (because it was Tomie's favorite book as a child) and say a prayer for this 73 year old man who was blessed by God with a talent that he has shared with the world in the form of many colorful and beautiful representations of stories from our Catholic faith. I am pretty sure that Tomie's pictures were dancing around Sunshine's head when Father J. read the Gospel yesterday. She told me later that all three parables (we got the long version) were in Tomie's book.

Happy Birthday Mr. dePaola! We hope you had a great day!

*Sunshine wanted me to add that her favorite Tomie dePaola book of all time is Tomie dePaola's Favorite Nursery Tales... and now I have. Bye!


  1. I think the parables book is one we haven't read. Thanks (we had the long version too!).

  2. Oh my goodness! It was on my calendar, too, and you know what? I completely forgot! I had, on rather short notice, worked ALL of Friday night--12 hours!--and unfortunately, my son was sick much of that same night, too. So needless to say, we were all pretty much zombies on Saturday! NOTHING got done that I had planned (in addition to missing out on Tomie's birthday celebration, which I was REALLY looking forward to, we also missed an annual native plant sale. Rats!)

    THANK YOU for reminding me that it's not too late to celebrate! We just love Tomie dePaola so much. We've been reading every morning from his book of bible stories, and then my son likes to type up a narration of the day's story, print it out, and illustrate it on the reverse side. He realized that by doing so, he could create his very own bible. How sweet is that?! :)

    Hope you all have a perfectly lovely day reading and celebrating. I know we will!

  3. Melissa,
    My excuse isn't even as good as yours. We just had some friends come to diner and I got too caught up in cooking to remember. Hope your boy is feeling better and you get some rest!

  4. Oh, I missed his birthday, too! Thanks for the reminder.


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