This week's question is...
Most Valuable Book: From your personal collection of books, which ones hold the most value to you - is it signed by the author? or maybe it's your favorite story of all time?
2. Next Stop Grand Central by Maira Kalman- Maira Kalman is probably my favorite illustrator. Her drawings are always just so quirky and unique! And I've been reading her books since as long as I can remember. This one, Next Stop Grand Central, I love for so many reasons. The first, being that the pages are just filled with color and personality and there's so much to look at. Maira Kalman explains everyone and exactly what they're doing at Grand Central Station. Most picture books about a train station would probably be along the lines of "there goes the train- chug, chug, chug," but this one is so different. Even now, as I'm much older, I can appreciate the immense amount of detail and whimsy that Maira Kalman puts into every page. The drawings, the words- it's just incredible. The second reason I love this book so much, is the physical condition of the book. My mom's friend lives in New York, and she gave this book to my sister and I when we were babies. And I love the little note she wrote us in the front of the book. Years later I looked back at the note and just thought what a quaint, sweet little note. You can also tell that this book is very well- loved. Mysterious marker smudges adorn the pages, and there are places where the pages are bent and even torn. I just love this one.