Today happens to be the day of the Thailand Lantern Festival: (it is interesting to note that there are similar festivals celebrated across the world through the year - in China, and Poland to name two!)
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And I totally love the concept of tiny libraries! You can read more about it over at GeekMom.
I also have more offerings for letter T for ABC Wednesday which also go towards my Wondrous Words Wednesday offering today.
A few T words for you -
The first two are from the book I am currently reading (almost done) - 'Journeys on the Silk Road' by Joyce Morgan and Conrad Walters and I will be posting the review later tonight. This book is definitely a journey through words worth taking.
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The genus Tamarix (tamarisk, salt cedar) is composed of about 50-60 species of flowering plants in the family Tamaricaceae, native to drier areas of Eurasia and Africa. The generic name originated in Latin and may have referred to the Tamaris River in Hispania Tarraconensis (Spain).
Image of the tamarisk is to the left.
The second word is toghrak. Toghraq is the Uygur name for poplar - this is a type of poplar tree and is also called the diversiform-leaved poplar because the tree can have a few different shaped leaves at the same time. The toghrak is found in the Xinjiang region of China.
One interesting use of this tree is mentioned in the book - Stein was suspicious about some ancient manuscripts he had found through some locals and was convinced they were forgeries. On questioning, he found out that they were forged - the paper was stained with a dye made using a product from the toghrak to make it look ancient.
The next word for WWW and also for ABC Wednesday is from the other book I am reading: 'Thimble Summer' by Elizabeth Enright
tiptilted- It is an adjective and mainly used of noses - turned up at the end.
Usage from the book:
'His short upper lip and blunt tiptilted nose had a look of stubborn independence even in sleep; and she knew that his closed lids hid eyes that were clear and thoughtful. Yes, it was a nice face, but too thin.'
And now for giveaway Three on my blog for this month of giving Thanks:
I am posting an excerpt of my book review here.
Song for Papa Crow: by Marit Menzin: My six year old loved the pictures (collage) and wanted to make a book just like that! She loved that Papa Crow loved Little Crow so much, as she said to me ‘just like you love me’. This in itself, made me love the book, if not for the fact that it really is a great read and a visual treat.
You can read the complete review here.
And now for the giveway: The giveaway is open to US readers and ends on Dec 12th, 2012.
Thank you to Schiffer Books for providing a copy for this giveaway.
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