We went out to dinner last night and since it was Mark's birthday, he gave me and Marguerite gifts, lol. He didn't really give us gifts, but he did buy us books. I chose "Little Women Next Door", which is about a fictitious character who got to be neighbors with Louisa May Alcott when they were little girls. I love "Little Women" so the book appealed to me when I saw it. It was my kind of reading when I was a tween and early teen. At that time, my idea of cute was NKOTB's Joey McIntyre. A couple of years later, I was reading Stephen King and Ray Bradbury and my idea of cute was Eddie Vedder, hehe. Anyway, the book reminded me of the time I read Thoreau's "Walden" and I went around claiming to be a Transcendentalist without really understanding what it meant, lol. I was 16 and horribly affected, hehe.
Marguerite's choice was a surprise. Among bookcases upon bookcases of children's books, she chose the book below from the DIY area (I was there looking for craft books). Since she really cottoned to it, I let her carry it around. She even sat at a bistro table and flipped through its pages. I directed her to the kiddie books and while she did browse, she wouldn't let go of this book. Finally, I suggested that she return it to its shelf, but she said, "No, I want to pay for it." I thought, "It's a good book. It will come in handy in homeschooling. Why not?" Last night, she made me read it to her. She calls it her "duck book". Of course, I didn't actually read it to her. I chose about 10 pages and verbalized what the illustrations showed.