Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Letters from Pompeii

illustration by M. Sasek
Today was my birthday and when the post arrived with a strange parcel I wondered which of my family members it could be from. It wasn't from one of them. It was from Celeste, who is first and foremost a fan of Michael Praed (who reads the abridged audiobooks) and then of the Roman Mysteries. The parcel contained a delightfully illustrated book written in 1952: Letters from Pompeii by Wihelmina Feemster Jashemski. I already have Wilhelmina's excellent Pompeian Herbal. She was one of the excavators of Pompeii, her specialist subject being ancient gardens and plants!

I love old books which are out of print and this one about Pompeii by an expert written for kids will be one that I treasure forever. My husband heard my cries of delight and came to see what I was so excited about.

I will be dipping into this treasure box, which once graced the library of Greenwood Hills Elementary School, and I will share any special nuggets of delight or gems of wisdom. Thank you, Celeste!

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