Saturday, October 23, 2010

My Treasure Hunt

I have a tale to tell.  I was thinking of my post for today when suddenly I got side tracked, then lost, then found myself in the middle of cyberspace trying to track down a map.  Stop.  Let me back up and start at the beginning.  
I remember seeing two maps at the Arizona Museum for Youth in Tempe,, when I went there a year or two ago for the Berenstain Bear exhibit. (It was wonderful and showed original first drafts of their books with notes to their editors with illustrations. 

When looking up the website for this newsletter I also saw that in June-Sept of 2011 there will be an exhibit of the life and art of Charles M Schulz.  Another one I’ll go to is Sept 2011 to Jan 2012:  The Art of Warner Bros Cartoons.  After seeing the work of Stan and Jan Berenstain,  I ventured over to gift shop and saw two posters that I loved but didn’t buy.  I should have followed my impulse because I’ve thought of those posters now and again and decided that I would buy them for myself for Christmas.  To Michelle, From Michelle.  I googled and googled and finally came upon them.  One was a map of the setting of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and the other was Neverland from the book Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.  

Cute, right?  
I found them on a few poster sites but also on a blog called Hey Teach. written by a woman in Prescott, Arizona 

The products I was looking at were in her 2007 archives.  It is the funnest blog with a bunch of products related to the classroom and literacy that are showcased.  Things like Skippyjon plush animals, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day dolls, music boxes that boys might like, and even literature-related Christmas Cards.  I spent hours there looking at all the things I wish I could buy, and that was only from the 2007 part of her blog!  I haven’t even checked 2008, or 2009 yet!  Now I can't seem to go back and find that blog but I did happen upon a great book that is one of my favorites!
So after many “ooh’s and aah’s,”  I glanced at her favorite links and one caught my eye.  “7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast - A Great Site for Book Lovers
Not only is the quote aligned with my Alice’s Adventures fettish but it also has endless amounts of book related fun and information.  The list of sites they love to the right is huge and I haven’t even gotten to that yet.  So…to abruptly end this not so short story…
I went back a day or two later and couldn’t remember the original site that had the posters, then bounced around  cyberspace desperately trying to find the awesome blog that I wish I had bookmarked and not cleared the history for, which had the posters of the maps from the museum that I should have bought two years ago.  I did chance upon a book with other maps from children’s books and promptly purchased it for myself.  Then in a holiday type miracle, I found a slip where I had scrawled the site down and thus you now are receiving your newsletter a few days late but with a wealth more literacy information than you would have had.  
If you check out any of these sites and find something you love, email me back a picture or the link.  I’m sure you’ll have fun treasure hunting like I did.  And you won’t even need a map.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, way fun! You going to come all the way to AZ for this? :)