Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Serendipitous Thrift Store Visit

My sister and I recently took a quick visit to the local Savers. I really enjoy shopping at that store, and I think she does too! 

I looked through the children's book section, and found a few nice books. I kept my selections to just five, since the everyday special at Savers is buy four, get the fifth book free. Here's what I found:

"Eency Weency Spider" written by Margaret Wang and illustrated by Claudia Rueda, Copyright 2005 by Piggy Toes Press. (Also designed by Treesha Runnells and Laurie Young.) This book is a larger version of a book we already have the my son loves! There is a button at the top right that is supposed to play the music, but that doesn't work. It's okay because my son knows the song quite well already. This version has a few more pages with new verses.

"Jigsaw Forest" is a "Soft-to-touch jigsaw book" illustrated by Sanja Rescek, Copyright 2007 by MacMillan Children's Books. It's a board book with slightly thicker pages (making me think I'm missing a page). But the pages are thicker because each page has a simple two piece fuzzy puzzle of each animal.

"The Little Engine That Could - Hide and Seek!" by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, illustrated by Sonja Lamut. The Little Blue Engine tries to find all of his friends who are hiding.

Little Golden Books!

"Disney's Goof Troop Great Egg-Spectations," adapted by Janet Gilbert, illustrated by Don Williams, painted by Jim Story and H. R. Russell. Copyright 1992. My son sleeps with a Goofy stuffed toy, so I'm hoping he'll enjoy stories about Goofy.

"The Little Golden Book of Hymns," Copyright 1985. This edition is compiled by Elsa Jane Werner and E.D. Ebsun, illustrated by Frances Score Mitchell.

As we were getting into the car, I noticed a woman approach my sister. (I had noticed her earlier inside the store because her dress was really pretty.) She said that she had noticed that we bought books, and she is a children's book author, and wanted us to have her book. She handed us a book and a photograph of her with her information on it. Here's the book and the photograph:

The book is a board book called "I'm a Manatee Happy to be ME!" by Leslie Campa. You can find information on her at her website, This books is an adorable board book that describes how a manatee is different than the other animals of the sea.

This is a sweet book about accepting others who look or act different than we do. The book is beautifully illustrated by Matthew Aragon, and I believe it will be a welcome addition to our library.

Thanks so much Leslie for your kindness! I remember thinking as I drove away, how serendipitous that thrift store visit was! It was a last minute decision, not planned, just spur of the moment. And if we hadn't gone, I'd never have heard of this book and this author.

Enjoy your day and your latest book!

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  1. Wow! How exciting that a real, live author approached you and gave you her book!

    I love searching thrift stores for book bargains! What fun, and how rewarding it is to come home with unexpected treasures!

    I'm intrigued by the Golden Book hymn book! It looks like you made a great haul!

  2. I love great book finds! Glad you had a good visit. :)

  3. What a great haul! I love finding good books.

  4. I found books this week too. That manatee book is so sweet. How cool is it that the person who approaches you at a thrift stop isn't creepy, she's an author! (I always get the creepy) Great finds all around.

  5. How fun! I love thrifting for books! Your selection is great. Thank you for sharing with us at TTF and have a terrific day!