7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #492: Featuring Harry Bliss

h1 July 17th, 2016 by jules

“A boy sheep is a ram. He has horns. The horns do not come off.”
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I’ve got a review here over at BookPage of Jeanne Birdsall’s My Favorite Pets: By Gus W. for Ms. Smolinksi’s Class, released by Knopf this month. Here at 7-Imp today, I’m featuring some of the books spreads from Harry Bliss.



“A girl sheep is a ewe. If you say, ‘Hey, Ewe,’ she won’t answer.
Even if you shout it.”

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MY FAVORITE PETS: BY GUS W. FOR MS. SMOLINKSKI’S CLASS. Copyright © 2016 Jeanne Birdsall. Illustrations copyright © 2016 Harry Bliss and used by permission of the publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, New York.

Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

I hate to sound like a broken record, but we Danielsons are still packing packing packing, so all seven of my kicks are: Progress with Packing. We close on our new house on Friday, so I hope I can keep up with blogging with no interruptions, but we’ll see.

Packing kind of consumes us now, but please do tell me your kicks, especially if they have nothing to do with packing tape and/or bubble wrap.

7 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #492: Featuring Harry Bliss”

  1. I love how Harry Bliss composes his pages and moves your eye around a scene!

    I haven’t posted here in a long while, though I’ve been reading the posts steadily.

    Good luck with the move, Jules!

    My kicks can be summarized in this little poem, which celebrates both my own move to Cape Cod and my gratitude for the many spectacular children’s poets who’ve graced my life…


    This sky I cannot taste
    But how I might—
    If I had a mouth
    To swallow
    And South—
    Partake of

    This sky I can’t ingest
    But if I
    Grew famished
    I might just try
    One wedge
    Of cloud
    And half
    A moon
    For breakfast—

    © 2016 Steven Withrow, all rights reserved

  2. What a book. It’s the perfect text for talking about writing reports. Thank you for sharing.
    Jules, hang in there. Soon it will be July 2017 and you will be celebrating a year.
    Steven, I know that sky and can imagine eating a wedge of sky and a slice of moon.

    My kicks:
    1. Being home after eleven days of travel.
    2. The slice of huckleberry pie last Sunday afternoon. It was raining, the road was winding, and we needed a break.
    3. The plant called hyssop which is making hummingbirds happy.
    4. Time with grandgirl.
    5. Peaches.
    6. Picking up Buster after being gone.
    7. Poetry swap treats in the mail.
    Have a good week. Much peace.

  3. Good morning, Imps! Hope you are having a lovely Sunday.

    Hello, Jeanne, Harry, and the sheep.

    Jules: How much bubble wrap is being used versus being popped? 🙂 Good luck!

    Steven: Sounds like a lovely place.

    Jone: Hummingbirds are majestic!

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Meeting
    2) Music
    3) Minding
    4) Writing
    5) Editing
    6) Securing
    7) Movement

  4. The picture of Gus trying to help the sheep climb the tree brings back memories. Love these illustrations and the clear connection & affection GUs has for the sheep.

    Jules – you’re in the homestretch! Soon it will be un-packing time!

    Jone – that slice of huckleberry pie sounds delicious, & so nice to be reunited with pets after travels – I bet Buster was super happy to see you.

    LW – I like kicks 3 & 7 best this week, but Securing sounds promising too!

    My kicks:
    1) Installing a mini-pallet fence/border by the vegetable garden.
    2) Planting a new raspberry bush in the corner right next to the new fence/border.
    3)Walking meditations while walking Daisy.
    4) Work.
    5) Read “The Chaos of Stars” by Kierstan White.
    6) The breeze on early summer mornings.
    7) Watching the sunrise.

    Sending everyone good thoughts for the coming week.

  5. LW: Music, waiting and movement…hooray.
    Rachel: Been meaning to tell.you I am.reading Code Name Verify. Yay for pallet fences.

  6. Steven, congrats on the move! Thanks for sharing a poem.

    Jone, that sounds like a very good week.

    Little Willow: Your kicks, as always, are inspiring.

    Rachel: Yes, homestretch! Thanks for the reminder. … RASPBERRY BUSH. I want one! (Best fruit) … Your kicks are all very relaxing. Aah.

    Have a good week, all (I say from my desk, which has been mostly packed).

  7. Jone – oooh! I want to know what you think of it when you’re done. I liked it so much I gave it as a gift to another book-loving friend.

    Jules – Ha! nice, as work has not been relaxing, so trying to counter it in the downtimes. Looks like its working, at least in part. 🙂 And yes to yummy raspberries.

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