I love books! Old books, used books, tattered books, new books. I love reading books to my children. And I’m pretty sure they love being read to. I have fond memories of my parents reading books to me. Now they read to their grandchildren.
Growing up one of our family’s favorite outing was going to the bookstore. My parents had to set a limit of only two books each. Do you know how excruciatingly painful it is to narrow down your pile of books to just two? I distinctly remember one time going in search of my younger brother to tell him it was time to go. Guess where I found him? In front of the Hardy Boys section with literally every book in the series out in front of him as he tried to decide which two to choose.
Now my mother is fulfilling one of her dreams about books. She has opened up her own bookstore. Not just any bookstore, but a children’s bookstore. It’s called The Purple Cow. Isn’t that a great name? It brings to mind this poem by Gelett Burgess.
I never saw a purple cow;
I never hope to see one;
but I can tell you anyhow;
I’d rather see than be one!
The bookstore has been open for several weeks now, but this Saturday is their “Grand Opening Celebration”. They have a full day of fun activities planned like an Andy’s Sling Shot Airplane Launch, fingerprint art projects, Fancy Nancy hour, Anna Banana Jump Rope fun, and even an Incredible Edible Book Cake Contest. Kids decorate a cake about a favorite book and bring it in for judging between 9am – 10am. The cakes will be on display all day with the judging taking place at 3pm. They also have Jessica Day George signing books and reading from 2pm-3pm. How cool is that?! So if you happen to be in the Tooele, UT area on Saturday or feel like taking a little drive to visit a fun bookstore go visit The Purple Cow Children’s Bookstore on Main Street in Tooele. It’s in the same shopping center as Macy’s.
I wish I could be there!