Friday, November 04, 2016

Michelle Edwards' A Hat for Mrs. Goldman + A Giveaway

You guys can probably guess that I am a sucker for children's books with a knitting theme. Maybe you are too? I want to share a new book by Author Michelle Edwards. It is called A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story about Knitting and Love.


This story is so incredibly sweet. It is about a little girl who befriends her neighbor Mrs. Goldman. Mrs. Goldman is a very busy devoted knitter who knits hats for all kinds of people. 



She teaches the little girl Sophia to make pom poms. 


There is more - but I do not want to tell it all. You will have to look for A Hat for Mrs. Goldman. Illustrations are by G. Brian Karas

I know Michelle through knitting and her book Knitter's Home Companion. It is a small book of essays which was published by STC in 2011. Very sweet. It is still on my nightstand. You might also know her columns with a big yarn company. Michelle is also an illustrator but did not illustrate this book. I've been following her lovely feed on Instagram.




Michelle frequently draws the little Kitten Girl. I love this character - could be that I have a Kitten Girl myself! She has cards for sale on her new on-line shop. She also sells other cards and some of her books. 



(Here's my Kitten Girl with an armful of kittens that are only here for a couple more weeks.)




Michelle has a nice Instagram feed where she shares illustrations and her work. Follow her here. Here are some of the illustrations that I love from her feed......






Sock Harvest
Michelle is one talented woman. We are lucky she is writing and illustrating and knitting and more. Check out her new website here

Here's what I have for one lucky winner today - A copy of A Hat for Mrs. Goldman. Here's how you enter..... 

Answer the following question in the comments section:
Tell me your favorite children's book - current or from when you were a kid. Can't remember? How about your favorite book? 

Contest ends at 11:50 EST Sunday November 6th. 
U.S. Addresses only please. Book is donated by Michelle's publisher Schwarts and Wade. I will be sending it to the winner.  

AS ALWAYS - LEAVE AN EASY WAY TO GET A HOLD OF YOU - EMAIL, RAV ID, BLOGGER ID. THANKS.

Contest is over - lucky winner was Anonymous who wrote: My favorite was Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I had a Tasha Tudor edition with beautiful pictures, especially the one of the attic room after the Indian servant from next door climbs over the roof to fix it up for Sara. I still like to read it and I still have the same edition. Also a matching one of Secret Garden. Thanks. Spejo on ravelry

50 comments:

Bonnie said...

I loved There's a Monster at the End of This Book, the Sesame Street with Grover. I'd love to read this one!

Anne said...

Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak! "The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another, his mother called him "wild thing" and Max "said I'll eat you up""

Anonymous said...

"The Flower Children" at least I think that is the English title. Die frohe Blumenkind in German I remember if from childhood in an anthology of stories. A few years ago I found it in Germany (in German of course) and I think that must have been the original language. I bought that copy of course! In the markets in Germany there is usually someone making felted 3 inch dolls of the various flower children. I have quite a collection, just because of that childhood book. Story line- the flowers are children sleeping away winter under ground in their beds, then mother nature wakes them and dresses them and sends them out into the world with the insects and they then march across the pages in seasonal order and then come fall she calls them all back to their beds for winter. The drawings are still magical after all these years. Helen

Bonney said...

My favorite book as a child was "Wish and the Magic Nut". It was about a koala bear and won an award in Australia. I looked up a copy of it years later and I still love it!

Sally said...

This book is so incredibly adorable! I bought it for the library of course. My fave children's book is probably Miss Rumphius. My kids, esp the girls, all loved it, and I love that it promotes the idea that it's important to do something to make the world a more beautiful place. Love your kitty pics!

Pat Hensley said...

My favorite children's book was The 1000 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.

Pat
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Monica said...

What a great book! I would love to read it to my nieces. My favorite book from childhood would have to be the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved that Laura was from Wisconsin, just like me :) another favorite of mine was Alice in Wonderland. I have won a giveaway from you before so please don't officially enter me- just wanted to comment :)

Esther said...

It's hard for me to choose one book that I love the most because I'm passionate about children's literature. Some of my most wonderful memories of my kids' childhood are of the hours of me reading to them as they sat on my lap. I love anything written by Patricia Polacco. The Harry the Dirty Dog series by Gene Zion is so charming. I also love the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Loebel. As a new grandma, I'm looking forward to read these books again to the new generation. This new book sounds like it has a meaningful message and it would be an honor to be the lucky winner. Thanks for your generous offer.
Esther
RavID: emrubin

WildaisyFL said...

My favorite children's book is by Dr. Seuss--OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO. It is an inspiring book and it gives hope to the child in anyone. "You'll be on your way up! / You'll be seeing great sights! / You'll join the high fliers / who soar to high heights."

Patricia Carter
Wildaisy on Ravelry

yardsailor said...

My favorite from childhood was The Secret Garden.

Joanne LaCour said...

The Sesame Street book, These's Monster at the End of this Book, always had my children laughing and amazed with every read. My favorite was The Secret Garden. Thanks!

Patty said...

I have way way too many favorites. But this morning I was thinking of yarn and thought of Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett. The illustrations are such fun!

Anonymous said...

I'm 74+ but you prompted me to get down on my creaky-old-knees and retrieve my beloved A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES by Robert Louis Stevenson with wonderful black and white photo-illustrations by Toni Frissell. Unfortunately the covers and
binding are in tatters. But oh, how I loved/love this book!

A close second is anything by Tasha Tudor. Electronic devices can't even come close to the joy these books inspire.

Thanks, as always, for your great giveaways. I've won before so please don't enter me - "just sayin'". Roxanne








Goldie Stetten said...

I love "Good Night Moon" I can still here my son as a toddler repeat "shhh" after mush and hush. They are such sweet memories.
Goldie Stetten

Ettenna said...

My favorite books growing up--Laura Ingalls Wilder, for my kids-oh course- "I'll Love You Forever" ( I cry EVERY time I read it. It is beautiful) and of course "the Chronicles of Narnia" by C. S. Lewis. There are so many more but I will leave it with these.
Ravelry I.D. Is. Ettenna

fracksmom said...

House At Pooh Corner. Still give it as a gift to children.

Fracksmom

Lise said...

I bawled my eyes out in the middle of the bookstore the first time I read "I will love you Forever!" And still do, whenever I read it. It's my favourite, hands down. Although there are lots of others to love!

Diane said...

I loved reading The Bobsey Twins books. :)
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Kelly said...
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Chris Ankeney, homefarm64658@yahoo.com said...

Hundreds of Cats, Thousands of Cats, Millions and Billions and Trillions of Cats, by Wanda Gag. I'm a cat person, but also love the illustrations.

Heidi Rabinowitz said...

My current favorite is I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, a wonderful picture book biography by Debbie Levy.

Pauly Heller said...

All the preceding comments are terrific reminders of some of my favorites. But my first very favorite book that I read to myself was Walter Farley's The Island Stallion, which then led me to read ALL the Walter Farley books about heroic magnificent horses and the boys who tamed and loved them. My favorite "Little Golden Book" was Maccabee's green suspenders (that had actual cloth strips attached to the cover) about a boy who uncoupled his suspenders from his pants and floated up to sit on a cloud). Charming.

Kim Grant said...

Hi, Kristin! My favorite children's book then and now is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. A Hat for Mrs. Goldman looks wonderful as well! Thank you for sharing. Kim (graygarnet@gmail.com)

Chris said...

There are so many children's books that I love. My favorite from my childhood was Little House on the Prairie. I love (and own!) all the Jan Brett books. Such wonderful illustrations. I could list favorites all afternoon. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I was an only child, so reading filled many hours for me. I remember saving my 25 cent allowance so I could buy the latest Nancy Drew book. Still among my favorites.

Joanne aka madammarple (Rav id)

Anonymous said...

"Hattie and The Fox". A lovely childrens book that was the first book my oldest memorized and read aloud. It's about a chicken who thinks she sees a fox in the bushes. Really cute when a two year old is learning about reading. Thanks for a great blog that always has something I love to read about!

Lisaj @ravelry.com

Cate said...

I did a masters degree in school media/library science because I'm a pushover for kids books. One of my favorite picture books is Cocoa Ice by Diana Appelbaum - partly because my family was in the ice business on the Kennebec River in Maine several generations ago and that industry is part of this story. I'd love to give this book to my new grand-niece (after I read and enjoy it!). ctashton at colby dot edu

Anonymous said...

My favorite was Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I had a Tasha Tudor edition with beautiful pictures, especially the one of the attic room after the Indian servant from next door climbs over the roof to fix it up for Sara. I still like to read it and I still have the same edition. Also a matching one of Secret Garden. Thanks. Spejo on ravelry

adodds said...

My favorite book was a book of nursery rhymes from England. I loved the illustrations and my favorite featured a gypy's wagon. It was colorful and decorative which made it seem magical. Sadly it was given away and I no longer have it.

Leigh Wheeler said...

My favorite as a kid was The Pokey Little Puppy. We read that one over and over and over and... :)

Mrs. Witry said...


I loved (and still do!) The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
As a school librarian, I get to share my favorites, old and new, with my students.

If you haven't had a moment, check out anything illustrated or written by Melissa Sweet or the magical work of Sophie Blackall.
Enjoy!
Mary Kate Witry

Mrs. Witry said...

Oops - contact for Mary Kate Witry
pwitry@rcn.com

Nan said...

Delightful illustrations. The first books I remember are A.A. Milne's Pooh books. I loved the two books of stories AND the two books of poems. The poems are such fun to read. They should always be read out loud -- even if you are by yourself. Disobedience from When We Were Very Young is a great example. It is the story of a young boy and his mother.

James James
Morrison Morrison
Weatherby George Dupree
Took great
Care of his Mother,
Though he was only three.
James James Said to his Mother,
"Mother," he said, said he;
"You must never go down
to the end of the town,
if you don't go down with me."

It goes on to tell the story of mother going down to the end of the town without him. Much fun!

Anonymous said...

"Good Dog Carl" is my favorite children's book. I do have many other favorites such as I'll love you forever, The wind in the Willows, Pooh Bear, Peter Rabbit series, The Mitten and others by Jan Brett.
Rav Id is peggyspins

nina said...

So nice reading all these comments. My favorite book... I'd have to say Alice in Wonderland. But I have so many others.

Mary Howland said...

I loved reading a book called "Alexander's Very Bad, Awful Day" or something similar to my first and second graders. It always helped me to feel better and I hoped it helpded my students to understand that sometimes there were bad days but lots of good days, too.

PghCathy said...

When my son was little, we'd read a story every night at bedtime. I loved Richard Scarry's Little Bear. It got to the point when I'd tell him it was time for a story, he's wail NOT LITTLE BEAR!! How often does that happen? A child refusing to hear a story...usually its the parent refusing to read a story one...more...time.

Anonymous said...

~ Favorite book when I was little, "Mr.Rabbit and the Lovely Present", author Charlotte Zolotow & illustrated by Maurice Sendak. The watercolor drawings are very different from Sendak's later work. Its a Caldecott Honor Book. The book is dedicated to: Buena Dapolonia,... and I always wondered WHO belonged to that beautiful name? I used to pretend Buena was my friend.
I also thought Zolotow was a magical name too ! I loVed Mr.Rabbit who helped the Little Girl.

I have to add a fantastic book for children about knitting. It is: "Shall I Knit you a Hat? A Christmas Yarn" Its by two sisters, Kate Klise & M. Sarah Klise. The story & illustrations complement each other so well. Its a perfect Holiday book for children, and adults, who love to knit. The drawings of Mother Rabbit & Little Rabbit staying up late, with Little Rabbit creating the hats, is the perfect chaos that happens when knitting!! All the children I've read it to LOVE it !! and we like making carrot cake as a treat. I even designed a little party for children around the theme of the book.
Best,
Shell ~
yarnsoup@yahoo.com

Leanne said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. As a child I loved the Boxcar Children series.

Anonymous said...

How can I pick only one favorite book? I do remember loving to "read" Home for a Bunny illustrated by Garth William as a really little child. The Wind in The Willow was another favorite that was read to me when I was older. I loved the the illustrations. It was fun to share these books with my kids. I am a sucker for children books and I will be on the look out for these books. Just wished we had a books store that was closer than an hour away. gnlmutti at gmail.com

2012ddedde@gmail.com said...

I love the Richard Scarry word books. . I forgot about them until you made me think about a favorite children's book. Rav ID dianeellis2012

Liza Kirschner said...

As a child, I loved the book "The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew" by Margaret Sidney. It had actually been my mother's book and I cherished it. I loved reading anything by Tasha Tudor to my children when they were little. The illustrations really drew us all in to her world.

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wooliedi said...

I remember one called "Kittens and Puppies" from first grade. I was learning to read and it was the first book I literally loved to death.

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Erin Berry said...

Current - this is not my hat... great illustrations that look paper cut and the kids have to fill in the blanks for story line
and rosie revere Engineer - great pictures of how to fail to succeed!

my childhood - where the wild things are. I want to romp and swing through the trees just like max

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MelissaH said...

My favorite? Gotta be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. What's not to like: bad kids getting what they deserve, and the good kid getting all the chocolate?

Jennifer said...

I had so many but I think it would be The Secret Garden and Little House on the Prairie.

Vera said...

Oh gosh - so many! The ones that stand out though are the Thornton Burgess animal books. They were wonderful. And when my son was young some of his favorites were "Sheep in a Jeep" and "The Little Gardeners."

Anonymous said...

Hi Kristin
I am NOT a knitter! But I love your blog!! Please don't ever stop just because of some knitting thing. I love the pictures of your home. I love the lampshades you paint. I save the pictures and try to paint like you....LOL but I sure love the way you make me feel ...the inspiration. Think it's all your happy colors. Just do whatever you want to but please keep posting the pictures. You have so much more to offer than just the knitting thing. THANK YOU ...HUG
Linda