So, I re-read this again. Just got finish. I was curious, if Stanmark Hotel was real. It's not. Theirs a jewelery store name Stanmark next to a hotel. I thought, be cool, if I ever visited New York. That, I could stayed at Stanmark Hotel. Saying to myself. Karen Brewer stayed at this hotel. (I know, she really didn't.)
This time, I felt like I was in New York, at Christmas time. I took my time of reading it. Sometimes, I can read Karen's book in one day or two days. But, if it's one of my favorite books from Little Sister. I take my time of reading it.
The Christmas book: Karen is telling her mom, Seth, herself & Andrew went to a bookstore to see Mr. Arthur McBain the author. Well, after the Author sign the book. Karen's mom told her the price. ($14.95 for hardcover.) Karen didn't mention, if her parents paid the book for her. They just left the bookstore. Did they paid for it or left the book there? They went to Madison Ave. Looking at other stores, before they went inside a gift shop.
We came to a hardware store, a drug store, and a tiny grocery store.
Post by booboobrewer on Dec 23, 2012 13:34:17 GMT -5
I thought it was the Stanhope they stayed at, but you're right, it's Stanmark. I guess I thought Stanhope because there is, or was, a Stanhope in NYC!
Karen mentions looking at two books before the trip, "This Is New York" and "Christmastime in New York City," those are both real. TINY is a cute book, and I always wanted to find the Christmastime one by Roxie Munro.
"I love pink and gold. I also like to eat." -Julie, Claudia and the Missing Jewels
I can't find a review for Christmastime in NYC, those both sound like good books.
I'm surprised Home Alone 2 Lost In New York wasn't referenced in this book to my knowledge, since the movie came out about a year before this book was published and was a smash. Since then, I wanted to go to NYC for Christmas and still feel I've missed out by not reading this book cause I could not find it.
Post by virgoscorpio on Dec 24, 2012 14:28:03 GMT -5
This thread being bumped up actually inspired me to read this again last night. One thing that stuck out for me this time was on the first few pages where Karen talks about "snow walks at dark". It reminded me of traveling with my Nana and Popa and sister in the car to go look at all of the spectacular Christmas lights/homes in the city. One neighbourhood even had all the reindeer -- a couple on each house -- spreading throughout the area with Santa at the helm.
"It is important to be on time for any job, even if you are working for a witch." ~ Karen Brewer
I read this last night to help cool off. I loved that Lisa took Karen and Andrew to the library in Stoneybrook to get a book about NY at Christmas. It was nice to see her interacting in an extra/different way with the kids. Also so sweet when Seth shared a book also about Christmas and NY form his childhood, This is NY. Wish he had shared a related memory of reading it with his parents or maybe going to NY as a little boy. The Christmas show Karen and family saw with Maxie and her family and getting to meet some of Maxie's family, was cool, too. I admit to not being too big a Maxie fan from Pen Pal but did like her in this one. Loved the sound of the windows at Lord and Taylor's that were decorated with town wintry and Christmas scenes--a house with decorations kids skating, even a puppy Sounded very cool and reminded me a little of Small World and also in a Bobbsey Twins book there was a fictitious boat ride that took riders past every day town scenes including a school playground with kids playing, I thought of that here too.
I did Google Guys and Dolls, the musical Karen and her family saw and am not quite sure why Lisa and Seth took their two young kids to see that but maybe in Stoneybrook the version is different like I believe 16 candles was? I am editing because I forgot to say that I learned from Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guys_and_Dolls That someone named Frank Loesser wrote the music. I wonder if he was related to Wendy from Jessi and the Bad Baby-sitter?
All the shopping did tire me out, though finding souvenirs can be fun and so looking for a special gift for someone can for sure be meaningful, too. I can understand Karen wanting to find something special for Nancy and Hannie and it was nice to read Lisa bought Hannie's mom a Christmas gift of I think wind chimes. There was that connection between BSC family and client/friend parents. Karen was very kind to donate her money at the end, too.
I think I said this somewhere else, so funny when Andrew said "home again, home again jiggety jig," when they get back to the little house. I really have come to love Andrew and so good to get to know him a little better in the LS books.