A Ring of Endless Light

The Austin family books by Madeleine L'Engle--Meet the Austins, The Moon by Night, and A Ring of Endless Light, plus two others we didn't own and I've not read--belonged to my sister, but I read them, too, and remember them fondly. I haven't reread them as an adult and wonder how they would hold up; they seemed very much of their time even then. My favorite was A Ring of Endless Light (it was also named a Newbery Honor Book in 1981).  I would have been on Team Adam, if Vicky didn't mind the sports metaphor.

This illustration by Taeeun Yoo is of Vicky riding a dolphin; it's on the cover of the Square Fish edition of A Ring of Endless Light published in 2008. I bought a print of it for Milly's birthday next month: she's far too young for L'Engle, of course, but she loves dolphins, and it reminded me of her. Yoo did the cover art for the other books in the Austin Family Chronicles (the illustration for The Young Unicorns might end up Leo's birthday present; I love Yoo's work), as well as for the Time Quintet (Square Fish, 2007).

Which I have never read (I must have read A Wrinkle in Time--it won the Newbery Award in 1963, and I read all the Newbery winners--but I don't remember liking it). I know! Convince me.

For Poetry Friday, "The World" by Henry Vaughan:

I saw Eternity the other night
Like a great Ring of pure and endless light,
All calm as it was bright ;
And round beneath it Time, in hours, days, years,
Driven by the spheres
Like a vast shadow moved, in which the world
And all her train were hurled.
[Read the rest here.]

[It's my mother's birthday today. She's not a book person, so I baked her a Bundt cake instead.  ¡Feliz cumpleaños, Mami!]