"Your body is the first thing any child of man ever wanted. Therefore dispose yourself to be loved, to be wanted, to be available. Be there for them with a vengeance. Be a gracious, bending woman. Incline your ear, your heart, your hands to them.... To be a Mother is to be the sacrament - the effective symbol - of place. Mothers do not make homes, they are our home." from Bed and Board, Robert Farrar Capon

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The House Built On the Rock

This is one of the best children's books I have ever seen. It was published in 1977.  If you can find a used copy you won't be sorry. It's the story of the man who built his house on the rock. The artwork is so good, that when I bought it many years ago, I wrote my own name in it instead of the kids' names. It's that good. I was looking at it recently, and was so impressed all over again that I snatched up used copies for all of my daughters and daughter in laws. I found them for between 50 cents and a few dollars each,  plus Amazon's usual $3.99 shipping on each. I found a couple on ebay. It's hard back and measures about 4" by 7" and is  high quality. The author is Sylvia Mandeville, publisher is Ladybird Press. You will be amazed at how well the artist captured the countenances of the two different families when the storm came.


  1. Oh I remember this book! I look forward to reading it with my girls!

  2. I just ordered it. Thanks :)

  3. Thank you! Always looking for good reads with the kids.