The books we read as kids have a long-lasting effect. We all remember "The Cat in the Hat" and Curious George. They become icons to us early on and they endure in our memories. As talk of summer reading really kicks in, here are some of our favorite books from earlier days.
Mequon-based illustrator Linda Bleck has done all kinds of work, from banners and shopping bags at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo to packaging for Microsoft to illustrations for Bacardi Rum adverts. But parents and kids will likely know her best for her series of books featuring the always-smiling, always-romping Pepper the dog.
Pipe smoking and cigarette smoking are hot topics around our house these days. Thanks a lot, Santa.