Welcome back to Special for Sundays!
Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems ReviewsBooks’. We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:
1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you
2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why
3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again
4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it
5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review.
We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!
This week, we're talking about favorite authors again. I'd like to talk about Annette Tison today.
Most of you have probably never heard of her, but she's a gem from my childhood.
First of all, my exposure started early. I was about 3 when my mom picked out a Barbapapa book at the library.
This is Barbapapa (and his family)
(my favorite of the kids is the hairy one, because he's funny looking with all that hair)
Barbapapa is a big pink blob-guy who grew in Frank's garden. When he 'hatched', Frank was there to befriend him and welcome him to the family. Barbapapa and Frank have all sorts of adventures together.
Eventually, Barbapapa feels the need to have his own family, and so he goes in search of a Barbamama. They live happily ever after and all that.
This is Barbapapa's courtship:
Just looking at the pictures, you can see why Barbapapa would have appealed to three-year old me.
It was something new and fun and whimsical, and it stuck with me. I'm a lifelong Barbapapa fan. Since the books are out of print, I've spent some time (and $$) tracking them down. I have the first Barbapapa story in English, and the next two (Barbapapa's Voyage and Barbapapa's New House) in the original French. They're books that I'll share with my children and hope that they fall in love with Barbapapa's story too.
I WANT them. I NEED them.