a beautiful day to walk

by eringoodman on June 10, 2009

in handmade + homemade, living + learning, nurturing creativity

This book, Lily’s second, was created as a gift for my mom moments before we walked out the door to go to her house. These pre-outing bursts of creativity are becoming quite the norm around here. While the rest of us are looking for shoes, making bathroom stops, and filling water bottles, Lily’s to-do-before-we-go list always seems to include some form of spontaneous artistic expression.

Sometimes it’s leaving a drawing or note for the fairies — Have I mentioned before that we share our living space with many beautiful nature spirits??? — but often it is creating a gift for someone we are visiting that commands Lily’s full attention.

I will admit that I am not always enthusiastic about these projects. It is challenging as I am trying to get us out the door to pause and focus on spelling. What comes next after, E, Mama? Then what? Great. Now can you help me draw three male African elephants?…

But I always love the end result. I love seeing Lily’s interpretation of the world around her and how her brightness shines through her art. And I love that she comforts herself and returns to her center multiple times a day with artistic expression.

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A Beautiful Day to Walk. Words and Illustrations by Lilia Hope Goodman. Writing of words by Erin Barrette Goodman.

One day a girl went out of her brick house to take a journey in the forest.

She went into the woods where the fall leaves were changing a lot.

She hadn’t gone very far when she saw a beautiful meadow, and she said, “Oh I guess I came to the wrong place,” because she was going to her grandmother’s house instead of a meadow.  

She walked farther on. “Ha. Ha. Ha.” she laughed, because it was funny to see a cow’s tail instead of its head.

She walked even further along until she saw a horse. “That’s my favorite animal,” she said. She said “Neigh” and the horse said “Neigh” back and she ran towards it.

She thought that saying “Neigh” to herself was so silly so she said, “Neigh. Neigh. Neigh.” and the horse said, “Neigh. Neigh. Neigh.

The end.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Barbara June 10, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Lily-I love your book! You are very talented. That’s a great gift for your Nana. Thanks, Erin, for sharing Lily’s creation with us. She’s going to need her own blog soon!

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Denise June 10, 2009 at 7:25 pm

yes, I am seeing a book signing too. You know, she is following in your footsteps. You rock for taking the time to do this.

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kristen g powell June 10, 2009 at 7:43 pm

wow, that is a lovely little story! made my evening!

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Kathy June 10, 2009 at 9:04 pm

As I told you on the day you gave it to me, Lily, I love your book, the pictures and the story line are wonderful. It was the best gift ever. Thank you, Erin, for sharing it with a larger audience. Love, Nana

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Samantha June 10, 2009 at 9:25 pm

I agree with Barbara . . . Lily’s Own Blog! Send us–her fans–the link when it’s up! :)

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Amber June 10, 2009 at 11:24 pm

My 4-year-old has a similar need to do art before we go. Almost every day she makes a drawing for a friend at school or some similar project. And like you I’m not always enthusiastic. But I do love the idea that my child enjoys expressing herself through art.

I think that Lily’s book is amazing. That’s a gift that I bet your mom will really treasure.

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genny June 11, 2009 at 9:09 am

Erin, I added this blog entry of yours to my sidebar “Precious Child Moments” – I love it when parents go into detail about their child’s project! So sweet.

What a great little book – completely precious and so sweet.

Thank you for sharing!

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Katherine June 11, 2009 at 9:47 am

Such a treasure! Thank you for sharing with us, Lily!

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sarah June 11, 2009 at 8:47 pm

That’s amazing!

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