The optics of books

When you are studying the properties of light, mirrors can be a lot of fun. Especially if you put them in a periscope and use it to spy around corners. Or watch the birds at the feeder.


Or spy on your brother without him knowing.

Spying is, after all, the very best thing to do with a periscope.


Other than decorating it.

It does have a rather lot of decorations. Monochrome decorations, I’ve been informed, since she felt like building a minimalist periscope and colour just wouldn’t make it truly minimalist.

(Where does she come up with these things?)

She put an awful lot of love into those decorations. Book love. See?

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I Am Number Four and The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore are her current favourites, and she is desperately hoping The Rise of Nine will find its way onto our bookshelves soon.

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We had borrowed the first in the Lemony Snicket series from a friend months and months and months ago, but the kids managed rather successfully to ignore it the entire time. Then, just as it was to go back, K announced that he had been reading it in French at school and it was really, really good. So B read it, and loved it, and we instantly had to find the next 2 books at the library and then watch the movie.

I had thought the others in the series would be close behind, but they weren’t. Curious to find it here on the periscope of favourite books. Maybe she doesn’t realize there are 13 books in the series, not 3.  Well, she does have a birthday coming up. Perhaps between her aunties and uncle and grandparents, she will acquire the entire series, or at least a start on it.

If not, there is always the library and a Mama who can exert a bit of gentle influence and strew the next few books around.

In the meantime, I keep finding a silly grin on my face every time I spy that periscope and all the book love it contains.


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