Mailbox Monday #266

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page, has gone through a few incarnations from a permanent home with Marcia to a tour of other blogs.

Now, it has its own permanent home at its own blog.

To check out what everyone has received over the last week, visit the blog and check out the links.  Leave yours too.

Also, each week, Leslie, Vicki, and I will share the Books that Caught Our Eye from everyone’s weekly links.

Here’s what I received:

1.  The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems, which I purchased on Amazon for the little one’s Easter basket.

The Pigeon really needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon’s not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It’s going to take some serious convincing to try and get the Pigeon to take the plunge.


What we snagged at the library sale:

2. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after.

Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily’s good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life.

3. Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

Seattle, 1933. Single mother Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and departs to work the night-shift at a local hotel. She emerges to discover that a May-Day snow has blanketed the city, and that her son has vanished. Outside, she finds his beloved teddy bear lying face-down on an icy street, the snow covering up any trace of his tracks, or the perpetrator’s.

Seattle, 2010. Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge, assigned to cover the May 1 “blackberry winter” storm and its twin, learns of the unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth. In the process, she finds that she and Vera may be linked in unexpected ways.

4.  Home Front by Kristin Hannah

Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life–children, careers, bills, chores–even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a soldier she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-colored version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own–for everything that matters to his family.

5. My Little Pony: Fashion Fun by Ann Marie Capalija, illustrated by Ken Edwards

The ponies are putting on a fashion show. Sew-and-So has created designs that are perfect for all her pony friends — and something extra special to help Minty be a real showstopper.



6.  Disney Princess: Lights and Glamour

7.  Rosie Rabbit Goes to Preschool by Patrick Yee

You can help Rosie Rabbit open her schoolbag, count to five, and jump rope! And you can play a fun search game in every scene, too.


8.  Shaggy Dog and the Terrible Itch by David Bedford and Gwyneth Williamson

Shaggy Dog has a terrible itch – it just won’t go away! So, in desperation, he runs to the Poodle Parlour for a good shampoo. Will Shaggy Dog ever get rid of his terrible itch?


9. Newton by Rory Tyger

Newton is an adorable child-like bear with stuffed animal friends. When he and his stuffies hear a series of scary noises at bedtime, it’s up to Newton to figure out the explanation for each!


10. Disney Princess: How Romantic

11.  Sesame Street: Monster Tales The Big Boo!

12. Disney Princess First Words – My Wipe-off Book (English & Spanish)


What did you receive?

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  1. Love all of the kids books! Gage and I are loving Mo Willems these days. I’ve read both the Jio books – you are in for a treat!

  2. Great finds! Happy reading!

  3. I have never read a book by Sarah Jio but I know they are good. GORGEOUS covers too.

    Have a wonderful reading week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  4. The Pigeon Needs a Bath looks adorable!

  5. You found some great books at the library sale! I’m sure the little one will enjoy her Easter book!

  6. Sarah Jio is an author I keep meaning to read.
    Enjoy all your books!

  7. Hi Serena,

    I never pay full price for a book these days …. No need to, volunteering as I do in a charity shop. I love getting a great bargain!

    Sarah Jio, is a new to me author, however her writing does sound interesting and intriguing, so hers is definitely yet another new name for my list, so thanks for the recommendation.

    I am constantly amazed by the colourful children’s books which fill the shelves these days, so much more appealing than the bland contributions of my own youth, even though to me, they were as valuable and coveted as gold dust.

    The stories, although couched in more modern language, aren’t fundamentally much different in structure, however those excellent illustrations and in such glorious colour, certainly do make all the difference to today’s younger readers.

    Some excellent diversity in this week#s post, thanks for sharing and have a good week,


    • I like to support the local bookstore when I can, but we rarely have extra money these days. I’m glad you like the colorful children’s books…there are many more than when I was a kid.

  8. Loved those Sarah Jio books…and the Kristin Hannah. You are in for a treat…enjoy!


  9. Beth Hoffman says

    Nice haul, Serena. I hope your little one enjoys the pigeon book.

  10. Well done on your sale finds! I love the pigeon book, so cute.

  11. Your sale has turned up trumps! enjoy them all.