Sunday, September 09, 2012

The Swing

Addie has reached that point in childhood where her one of her very favourite things is to do is to swing. Luckily for her, the neighborhood we moved to this past winter seems to have at least one or two homemade swings up on every block. We will often spend our afternoons walking and discovering new swings. Addie is very enthusiastic about trying and critiquing each and every one, and by this time she definitely has her favourites. Many times I will have to walk strategically if I ever want to get anywhere!



Here is Addie on her very favourite swing of all... (so far!)



Partly because of Addie's current affection for swinging, and partly because Julie Morstad is one of my very favourite artists, I knew the very instant I saw her new book that I would just love it! "The Swing" is full of Julie's beautiful illustrated interpretations of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic poem, and it is so beautiful. Perfect for any child.





159 comments:

Annette said...

Oh I loved that poem as a child. It was in my copy of A Child's Garden of Verses, I believe.

Natalie Cottam said...

oh, would love to add this to my collection! how fun!

Amanda said...

oh, what a beautiful book!

kristy said...

What a lovely looking book. It makes me want to swing again!

Lyndsay said...

I'd love to win a copy of that book for my daughter, Maggie. She loves swings (her favorite part of any park) and I know she'd love that book. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway!

ann.e said...

looks like a sweet book! my 5 year old would love it as well :)

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daisy said...

Beautiful book and a lovely post. Makes me want to swing.

Ashley said...

What an adorable book... and little girl :)

abcgirl said...

this has always been one of my favorite poems. I'd love to have it in a beautiful book format to share with my son!

Shannon said...

I'd love to share the book with my little one. How fun!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful post and what a wonderful giveaway! I would love a chance to win one of these books :)

Michelle
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Wendy said...

I always love finding new children's illustrators--looks like a gorgeous book!

lori said...

Oh I really like these neighbour photos. I hope we get a sunny september because this is really making me want to go on some nice walks ^___^ So cute to have neighbourhood swings!!

Suzy said...

I don't know that poem, but I love Julie Morstad's work - it looks like a beautiful book, something my small people would really enjoy. They are both swing enthusiasts too.

Amanda said...

What a sweet book, I'd love to win a copy for my girls. Thanks for the giveaway.

Amanda
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Andrea de Haan said...

We installed an indoor swing so that on rainy days or during the long Winnipeg winter, our 2 year old Kaia can pretend she's at the park.

Andrea
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sacha said...

This is wonderful! We have a swing connected to our new fort (the kids call it the "chicken coop") and both of mine would love this book! Thank you so much for the chance.

Sacha, Misha and Liza Jane Logan
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Carbondale, Co. 81623

The Locklins said...

How fun! Such a lovely book. My daughter, like your Addie, loves to swing too. My favorite part is her boisterous, "Weeeee!" as she swings. Your blog is lovely.

The Locklins said...

And by the way, my name is Lisa Locklin. Whoops!

MA said...

Thanks for the giveawaw. I have never heard about this book, so if I am lucky I will enjoy it with my three little girls.
Ma from Barcelona, Spain

Naomi said...

My Fiona loves to swing as well. Beautiful book and I wish we had neighborhood swings.

Art House Mum said...

What a gorgeous little book... I'd love to share it with my little kiddlets...

grace
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Lise said...

What a beautiful book! I'd love a chance to win one. Thank you so much. (And neighborhood swings? How cool. We need some of those.)

hillary said...

What a nice reinterpretation of that poem. I'd love to add that board book to our new baby's library!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for such an inspirational blog!
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maria said...

What a lovely book. I am sure my twins would love it.
Maria from Sydney
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Anonymous said...

My Daughter would LOVE this beautiful book!

Sasha
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amelieandatticus said...

Such an adorable book...I love to swing!

robyn said...

Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing ever a child can do!
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Erin M. said...

Those are beautiful photos of her and her swing. Sounds like a fun neighborhood. There was awhile when my son (albeit much younger) wanted to hug each tree he passed on our walks. It wasn't that easy to get home from the park with any speed.

kristin said...

I have three littles who love to swing and would love this book!

Elizabeth said...

I love that your neighborhood just has swings throughout it. I'd love to be entered to win a copy!

Erin said...

That book looks beautiful, what lovely illustrations. I have one boy who loves to swing (too high for my liking!), and another that's afraid of the swing. My husband made a tree swing in our backyard, not sure who loves it more, my son or me :)

Holly said...

What a beautiful book! Both of my daughters get such joy from a ride in a swing!

Johanna said...

what darling illustrations. I will go and have a look at this illustrator. I'd just love to win this book for my Noah and Katia.
Thanks! xox
Johanna
johanna@birdsonawirephotography.ca

Jessa said...

Swings! We have a swing on the neighborhood playground out our front door and (because of Seattle weather) one hung up in our garage. Never ending swinging! How neat to have them scattered around your new neighborhood:) Beautiful book! Kindly, Jessi
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Zenitude said...

Swings...rediscovered thanks to our grand daughter. Higher! higher! are her favorite words when seated on a swing. She would love the book, I'm sure!
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gail said...

beautiful! we'd love to read it over here :)

Hanna said...

lovely!

adnohr said...

My four year old girl would love that book. We have been looking for a swing to replace her baby bucket swing just this weekend.

Sandrien said...

Oh, I remember very well how I loved my swing as a little girl! Hope it works for little boys as well... Maybe if I start by reading this book to them? :-)

Sandrien said...

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Aussie Mum said...

My two little boys love to swing and love to read books together - it would be perfect for them. fingers crossed.

catie said...

it looks so simple and sweet.
thanks for the chance ♥

Jill said...

My daughter loves to swing, too!we always love book suggestions, too!

mon ami said...

My daughter has also recently discovered the neighborhood swings and we both love the spontaneous swinging on our walks. Thanks for sharing the book - I am a huge Julie Morstad fan and just saw today that she has a new book.

Anna Emilia said...

Still, I do swing once in a while. It gives the tickles to tummy and a small feel of an adventure.

Happy new week to you!

April said...

That last book spread looked like a little Addie swinging. So sweet.

The illustrations are gorgeous! I hope I get to read this book to my son. :)

wkropka von BILDschön said...

what a lovely giveaway. beautiful book...

greetings from Germany
wkropka

rmforde said...

Beautiful book. Would be a lovely addition for my baby's little library

Bek said...

We just put up a little swing in the back yard.... It is so cute how much Eve enjoys it, but, I'm finding it hard to get anything else done out there! Haha!

kat cameron said...

wow! gorgeous looking book! i can't wait to have a peek inside one. Addy looks soo cute in those bright yellow shoes too!

himiko said...

Whenever the sun is shining I'm being asked non stop "can you push me higher and higher still mum?". Two little girls and a swing... and a mum who shivers at seeing how high they go on our garden swing.

Since this summer, we've got the exact same 'swing seat' as Addie is on in the picture and for the kids this is the best swing seat ever.

And what a great givaway. The book is just lovely.... who knows, we might just actually win a copy...

Miss JennyPenny said...

Oh so nice! My little girl likes to swing too! She will love the book! ;o)

Very nice giveaway!
Greetings from Germany
Jenny

Pascaline Charrin said...

Hello !
Thanks for this beautiful contest.
As I would love my babygirl to come (she should arrive this month) to be swinging with the same big smile as Addie, I would be glad to read this book.
Greetings from Lyon, France
Pascaline (pascalic@free.fr)

Deb Robertson said...

I loved that poem and also the one about traveling in the train. Even if I don't win I'm going to search for this book

Anonymous said...

Ahh...swinging...my 4 year od daughter is enthusiastic about that and loves it as much as I did. Higher and higher. I realised that these days I'm more afraid of the height.

The book looks very very nice and would be wonderful for practising English.

I always wanted to add that I love your post (which might have to do with the fact having relatives on Vancouver Island and love Vancouver myself)

Cheers
Silke from Germany
bec-etz@gmx.de

Monica said...

How wonderful to live in a neighborhood where a child can find random swings. Those pictures of Addie are adorable. My son would probably love the book as well.

Valeria said...

I love the drawings and my child adoooores swinging, she could spend hours and hours swinging, I think we could love the book too...

Susan H said...

So much fun! I remember when my daughter first discovered swinging- the look on her face was pure joy. Thanks for offering this great giveaway.

Susan H
skh519@yahoo.com

sew nancy said...

I love Julie Morstad and my daughter who is 4 loves to swing. This would be perfect for her. Addie looks adorable and so happy swinging.

Megan said...

I can't pass up a chance for one of these awesome books! Swing-a-ding-ding!

Ivana said...

What a lovely book. Illustrations look so nice!! Please, enter my name into this giveaway. Love, Ivana

Nanna said...

I love this poem! Hope I win for my grandchildren!

caryn the designer said...

Oh, this book looks stunning! What fun!

Mark and Amy said...

Gorgeous book and such a sweet poem. I have a 20month old who loves to swing.

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Maite said...

Such a beautiful book to share with my children.

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AmieeAya said...

Beautiful book, wonderful post! It's the little things, isn't it??

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kingmr@yahoo.com said...

We need to get this book! :D

I sometimes let my almost 3 year old daughter watch Classical Babies Poetry show and her absolute favorite is The Swing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRTve5Q0s_M). She gets so happy and excited; singing and swaying along.

I'm so excited to see that a book version (with beautiful illustration) will be out soon. We could keep on reciting/reading The Swing without having to turn on the tv. :-)


sheetal patel said...

Such a sweet, sweet book!

Carla said...

I'd love a copy of this book. We are just getting back into our endless evenings of reading & a new book would spice things up.

I love reading your blog. I'm so happy to see you back in this space!

Nikita said...

i'd loooove a copy!

amber said...

I'd love this book for my girls. I've never heard of people putting up private swings in front for anyone to use, that is so cool!

whistlepeaknits said...

What a beautiful looking book! My daughter would love it so much. amykaralee at gmail dot com

Viktorija said...

what a lovely book and i do love your blog x

Julia said...

Sweet!

Maura said...

it looks lovely! I'd love to be entered in the giveaway!

Suzanne said...

What a sweet little book! It would be perfect for my adorable niece, who also LOVES swings :)

Thanks for the opportunity!

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful park! What does the rest of it look like?
My daughter also enjoys swinging...she must get it from me :)

stephanieptrombley@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

What a treat! Our girls love to swing too, but my four-year-old loves it best of all. This book would be a delightful treat for her. Thanks, sharilyn!

Ryun said...

I'm sure my Marilou, who's still a bit young, would love to watch those beautiful illustrations! What a charming book!

turtle and dragon said...

Swings bring back fond memories. Your darling wee girl looks so happy and has grown so much. Hope the fall is a happy and adventurous one. Thanks, Melanie

Erica said...

My two year old daughter loves to swing! She would adore this book. The illustrations are lovely. Thanks for the chance to win!

Helen said...

What a beautiful looking book, my little fella would love this. any excuse to read something new!!

Reagan said...

What a beautiful book (and a beautiful sentiment). I'd love a copy for my Wee Elsie!

Reagan said...

What a beautiful book (and a beautiful sentiment). I'd love a copy for my Wee Elsie!

fourshadesofgrey said...

How neat to be out walking and discover a swing along the way!

Adorable book - thanks for the opportunity!

So good to hear your voice again too!!

kristin said...

what a sweet little book! we'd love to win one. thanks for the giveaway!

meizhen79 said...

I love the illustrations!

Will&Lin said...

I would love to give this book to my 6 year old sister whom I adore. I want to give her the world and thank you for giving me a chance. Thank you for you and God Bless! - Lin

Natalie's Kitchen Secrets said...

no matter how long I swing my children for they always want more xx

Kendra @ A Sonoma Garden said...

What a cute book! My daughter turns two this week and she calls swings 'wee's! She'd love this book!

sarah said...

My girlies love to swing too - they'd eat this book up!

Holly said...

i have been reading your blog for years now and i find myself now 2 weeks away from my due date with my first baby. this would be such a nice treat!

brooke said...

My daughter (3 1/2) loves to swing too! And I know she would love this book to add to her book shelf. I love Addie's dress!

Anonymous said...

My son is still too small to swing but reading the book would be fun until he can experience that joy by himself.

Thanks for your giveaway!
anni

miss deborah said...

love your blog!! and this book is beautiful! thanks for this giveaway!

Mindy said...

MY kids would love this!

Samantha said...

So darling! And Such a sweet poem! I would love to read this to my little Maisie.

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kate l. said...

what a gorgeous book!

Kimmy said...

My cousin just found out last week that she's pregnant again. This would make an amazing April birthday present!


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Anonymous said...

looks like a sweet book my girls would love! i love your daughter's blue dress and yellow shoes. yellow shoes rock!

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Brooke said...

The illustrations are adorable and this is such a great poem! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win this!


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Jules said...

I love that you have so many swings in your neighbourhood, very cool! My girls also love to swing....forever. We have a difficult time prying their little hands from the chains. Would love to read this book to my girls. Thanks

leslie said...

oh my gosh. anika likes swings. and those illustrations look perfect.

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michc said...

immediately when i saw this, i thought that it would make the best gift to give away to a friend who is about to have her first baby !

Charlene said...

My boys like to swing too! Thanks for the chance to win.

Carla said...

Lovely book.
Even thought our first language is portuguese, my 3 years old is already learning english, french and german in kindergarten. This book would be lovely to help her with english at home.

Thank you for the giveaway

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Annika said...

Oh, I am supposed to be a full-grown adult, but I do know excatl;y how Adiie feels about swinging! I still love it.

Jillian Bujold said...

What a sweet book:)

Jessica said...

I think I had to memorize this one for poetry day in grade school! Looks so lovely! Thanks for the chance to win one :)

Shannon Hillinger said...

What a sweet book! Swinging is my daughter's favorite thing too.
shannon(at)hillinger(dot)org

Elise N Black said...

Isn't he marvelous?! A lovely book! Thank you for the offer.

mamacharm said...

so lovely! perfectly charming.

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Anonymous said...

Looks lovely. nicole@seedlingdesign.com

Anonymous said...

That's my daughter's favorite thing to do. Thank you for your generosity to share those books. Wish I'll win :)

Preets said...

I would so love a copy of this book for my own little girl, who lives across the ocean, but just like Addie, loves swinging almost more than anything in the world!

Carla said...

My girl would love to have that lovely book. Thank you for the opportunity.

Anonymous said...

Now that I have my own little Addie (named after your Adelaide who inspired me to become a better mom to my precious girls), I'd love to share the book/story with them. Thank you for all that you do.

youareyourown said...

This book looks lovely! I will have to check it out even if I don't win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway.

shandam said...

Beautiful book, beautiful Addie, beautiful homemade swing! What a lovely neighborhood you live in! Love Addie's yellow shoes that match the yellow swing! :o)
-shandis

Laura said...

Lovely book! And what a great looking swing! I can see why it would be Addie's favourite (might like a go on it myself). Thanks for the giveaway!

Mama said...

Oh, there isn't anything as lovely as an afternoon swing, is there?

Taryn D. said...

Such a sweet little book!

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Monica said...

Oh, beautiful book! My little ones love swings as well (and it seems that the younger siblings love swinging at ever younger ages!). I love your little blog and follow along whenever you post :)

Katrina said...

such a cute book...I would love to win!

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*~Barbie Miller ~* said...

I would LOVE to have a copy of this book!!!

Barbie
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Floppetiflopp said...

The poem is unknown to me, but I would love to get to know it. The illustrations remind me of a book I had when I was a little girl. The swing was a personal favourite as a girl...and I still try it when I have the chance :)

I have to say that I love that you keep writing on your blog. I enjoy reading it, and I always appreciate motherhood a little bit more everytime I visit it. You put the feelings into words in an incredible way. Thank you!

Victoria M said...

Adelaide seems very happy, hope you and your family will have more of this nice moments together.

Send you blessings (:

Birgitta Sif said...

Awww!! I'd love this for my little girls 1st birthday coming up! all my best to you. xx

melissa said...

What a fun neighborhood! That is a great idea to have swings! I love this cute little book too. I am expecting my first baby in November and would love to read this to him or her.

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Ολυμπία said...

My daughter also loves to swing!
Thank you for the giveaway.
Olympia

kate / tinywarbler said...

ohhh! i just bought this book for alice and she LOVES it!
i would love to give this to my friends daughter, poppy.
and that 2nd picture of addie is so, so cute-look how much fun she's having!

collidingstars said...

beautiful...

athena said...

thank you for sharing!

alliemarie said...

I have been reading your blog for a long time :0)and have been really inspired creatively and through mother-hood. You and your family are precious! Hope to win a copy of this charming book...my two youngsters would love it!

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Anna said...

What a beautifull book, I love the illustrations. It brings me back to my childhood, right away. I would love my son to read this book!

zoe said...

Wow, it's so beautiful book!I'm not a mother, even I'm not a married woman but I'd like to win this contest very much....
Thank you so much for sharing this chance :-)

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Petit Pop said...

Oh, yes! I'd like to gave it for me and for my 5 years old daughter!

Teresa said...

Your giveaways are such lovely gems. Would love to add this precious book to our collection. Thank you, as always.

pegg said...

I would love to win this for my sweet niece. Thanks for the chance! I always love book recommendations!

Odette said...

and because i love swings myself!
greetings from Dublin. xx Odette

Cara said...

We love Julia's work at our house - thanks for the chance!

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robyn said...

oh! how lovely! thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

My first comment didn't work so I will try again. My daughter loves to swing and her baby brother is thrilled to watch her. What a kind heart you have to share such a sweet story. I am always amazed at the simplicity of life that brings joy to children. Thank you for sharing your journey, Kati

DianneCS said...

What a great neighborhood you live in where people have put up communal swings!

Jane said...

My 5 year old daughter just last week decided that she wants to be pushed "really really high". She's really getting brave now. 17 tfaciet

mountainmama said...

I think I'd like that beautiful book for myself! However I have three little people in my home whom I'd love to share it with as well...
Zoe at boldergal@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Oh, what a darling little book, my three year old and me would love to read this! x x x

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kevie said...

such a beautiful book... my two little ones would love it! Oftentimes when we go to the park, the swing is all they want to play on... I have to literally prise them out of it just so we can let other children have a turn!!

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The Wistes said...

I come here to be inspired and Charlie and I love swings :) bbbbecky@hotmail.com

Erin said...

I'm so happy to see that you're back and all is well! I love that your neighborhood has so many swings set up - it looks beautiful. That book is precious! I'm crossing my fingers for it to be sent to my little one but, if not, I'll certainly be searching for it myself. :) Thanks for the opportunity! xo
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Julia said...

Oh, my daughter would LOVE this book! She is a huge fan of swings.

Norma said...

Oh wow. Our little town doesn't have any homemade swings to try out when we walk. What a great idea!!! Cute book too.

flora said...

My daughter is about Addie's age and loves swings, too. This would be great! Thanks!

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Swings, gives them sometimes the best memory of their childhood.