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My dear friend Kate is a member of our select and very small Janeite group, Janeites on the James. We’ve not met often recently due to busy schedules and life’s vicissitudes. When Kate’s wee one was born almost two years ago I gave her the board book Emma by Jennifer Adams to read to her daughter.

Emma by Jennifer Adams

Our sweet peanut, as she is affectionately known, loves to hear her mama read Emma. Jennifer Adams has written another series of books for toddlers.

Peanut’s Papa may soon be sent to Paris for several months on a business venture. Coincidentally, Jennifer Adams has written another series of books for toddlers, this time taking them on a tour to famous cities – like Paris, New York, San Francisco, and London.


My Little Cities by Jennifer Adams and pictures by Greg Pizzou: Paris, New York, San Francisco, and London

You can imagine our wee one’s delight in reading these books designed just for her age group.


Evie, or Peanut, reading Paris, where Daddy might be stationed.

This beautifully illustrated series also includes more detailed information for parents at the end of each book that they can explain to their budding globe-toddling child.


Notes for parents

For example, at the end of San Francisco the notes state that:

The Golden Gate Bridge is San Francisco’s most famous landmark and one of the wonders of the modern world. The bridge opened in 1937 and is 4,200 feet (1,280 meters) long. It is a suspension bridge…

Kate tells me that Evie reads her book independently now. Her reaction? Priceless!!!!!


As a sidenote, Jane Austen was a doting and affectionate aunt and an impressive and witty story teller. Her nephew James Edward Austen Leigh recalls:

Though in the course of fifty years I have forgotten much, I have not forgotten that Aunt Jane was the delight of all her nephews and nieces. We did not think of her as being clever, still less as being famous: but we valued her as one always kind, sympathising and amusing.

Jane Austen’s connection to us and our children remains strong to this day.

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excessively-diverted1Catherine Delors, blog editrix of one of my favorite blogs Versailles and More and author of Mistress of the Revolution, and Jane Odiwe, editrix of the excellent Jane Austen Sequels and author of Lydia Bennet’s Journal, have tagged Jane Austen’s World along with a bevy of other excessively diverting blogs. Thank you, Catherine and Jane! You both made my week. Looking at the nominees, I see that my blog has joined an august company.  I am to pick seven other blogs, a tough choice as there are so many worthy sites. I’ll follow my predilection for history and choose sites that are as obsessed with uncovering delicious details of the past as I am.

For those who were nominated, these are the rules: Recipients, please claim your award by copying the HTML code of the Excessively Diverting Blog Award badge, posting it on your blog, listing the name of the person who nominated you, and linking to their blog. Then nominate seven other blogs that you feel meet or exceed the standards set forth. Nominees may place the Excessively Diverting badge in their side bar and enjoy the appreciation of their fellow blogger for recognition of their talent.

  • Edwardian Promenade: Beautiful to view, fascinating to read, this blog’s author concentrates on only this fascinating era. Who knew that so many interesting events occurred in such a short time span?
  • Tea at Trianon: This fabulous blog covers a variety of subjects. Stop by for a visit and see what I mean.
  • Nineteen Teen: This blog annotates the regency era with fascinating and informative posts on being a teen in the 19th century.
  • Writing With Style: This stylish blog’s post concentrate more on writing than history. One never knows which topic the author chooses to cover.
  • Prima La Musica: This blog is all about Mozart. How divine. Even better, it is celebrating its 10th year anniversary. Now that’s what I call success!
  • Scandalous Women: Oooh, la la! Women of the past might have had few legal rights, but a number of them managed to live adventurous lives. Do visit this well researched blog and read about eye-popping scandals of the past.

To view the other nominated sites, visit these posts at Jane Austen Today and Austenprose.

What is the aim of this award you ask yourself? Why, just this: To acknowledge writing excellence in the spirit of Jane Austen’s genius in amusing and delighting readers with her irony, humor, wit, and talent for keen observation. Recipients will uphold the highest standards in the art of the sparkling banter, witty repartee, and gentle reprove. This award was created by the blogging team of Jane Austen Today to acknowledge superior writing over the Internet and promote Jane Austen’s brilliance.

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