The Phoebe Dunn Collection

Below is a brief  introduction to the author, taken from the inside cover of one of the books. I just cannot describe it any better:

Phoebe Dunn was a world-renowned photographer known especially for her pictures of children and animals. Her timeless images, photographed in natural settings, using natural light, uniquely capture the interactions and relationships between children and their pets. A number of her books have been written by her daughter, Judy Dunn. For more than thirty years, Phoebe Dunn photographed the world as she knew it, capturing the feelings and relationships that make us all human.

The Little Duck was the first book in the series that I discovered. It was published in 1976. I don’t remember where we got it from but it has been in our home library since my oldest son was a toddler.  What a darling book it is. It tells the story of the life of a duck from little egg to adulthood. What stands out in these books is the photography. There are no illustrations, the story is completely told in real life photographs.

Sample pages of the baby duck hatching from his egg.

After enjoying The Little Duck for many years I discovered that there was an entire collection of these books. Being the book lover that I am and enjoying the book I already had, I knew I had to have the rest. My local mom-and-pop bookstore were able to order me the rest of the books. I was so excited to get  brand new copies as my original book had been a second had copy and was pretty worn. Unfortunately they were not able to acquire for me a copy of The Little Duck. My next best alternative is to try to find a used/like new copy from an internet source.

Sample page of The Little Kitten.

I am so happy to have these books in my children’s book collection to enjoy with my kids. If you love children’s books as much as I do, I hope you will add these to your collection and enjoy them with a youngster in your life.

Sample page of The Little Dog.


Wild For Wildflowers

I'm lucky enough to have this view from my kitchen desk window.

Before, I never used to appreciate wildflowers much less think much about them. Except perhaps the ‘Black-Eyed Susan’ whom I used to admire growing wildly from the sides of the freeway off-ramps. When my second son announced that he wanted to grow wildflowers I was a bit dubious as the ‘weeds’ are not very attractive. I would always get on my hired gardener about making sure that he always removed any weeds. When I showed him which ‘weeds’ to leave alone, he even looked dubious. He was like “Those? You don’t want me to touch those? Okay….”

Well thanks to my son my eyes have now been opened to this beautiful part of having a garden. I not only appreciate wildflowers but strongly believe that there is a place for wildflowers in every garden.  I am so thrilled to be able to go out every couple of days and pick flowers to arrange around my house. And the array of color is just breathtaking.

So pretty in pink.

I will now always cherish wildflowers. Not just for the delight they have brought me, but because they are part of my son and his love of God’s handiwork.

I love these pretty white ones growing shyly in the back.

Our cat thinks it's a beautiful place to relax. It is one of her favorite spots.

I love it that I have these pretty flowers to brighten the inside of my home.

Even Mrs. DeVine in the Fancy Nancy books has a wildflower garden. 😉

In the children’s book Fancy Nancy “Explorer Extraordinaire” there is a one page introduction to wildflowers – with fancy names! “Oooh-la-la”!

One reason I love the Fancy Nancy books is how the author incorporates real photography and facts in the stories, making the books educational as well as adorable.