I’m about to leave to pick up Sophie & return to the Jersey Shore. Since June, she’s been in Europe with her mother & their Swiss family. During our road trip to Minnesota in June, Linda and I bought a bunch of kids’ books at Lark, a terrific store in Kellogg, MN, including a classic Linda loved when she was a kid–The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (she thinks someone in her family knew VLB). Published in 1942, it’s particular relevant to our Shore bungalow ’cause our neighbor just built a monster motel of a house, with an unprecedented raised driveway that places the wheels of their behemoth vehicles in our side windows! I’m taking the stack of books to read with Sophie. I’m also taking one I bought after our trip–The Field Guide to Ocean Animals by Phyllis Perry that “includes 64 pieces to assemble 8 ocean animals and a removable diorama.” Yipee! Next week, I’ll list all the books we read and Sophie’s reaction.