Allison Staton contancted us about writing a review of her favorite local bookstore, The Blue Bunny, and we’re thrilled she sent us this lovely review. Allison is a resident of Dedham, MA, a mother of three children and advocates on behalf of low-income communities. She writes at Soccer Mom in Denial and shares the joint photography blog, Looking Into. She recently finished Geraldine Brook’s People of the Book and is currently reading with her sons The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (years ago Claire and I read that book with our sons in our Family Book Group, I loved it). Here’s Allison’s review:
Dedham, Massachusetts is a suburb that literally bumps into Boston. Settled in 1635, the town has born witness to much of America’s history including the first tax-payer funded public school in the United States and the first human-made canal in . My family and I live in a house built in the 1870’s and I often wonder what previous occupants experienced, especially after a neighbor dug up an old boot that had buttons instead of laces.
Dedham’s colorful history also includes a distinctive pottery created in the early 20th century. The blue-grey glaze was a fortuitous mistake that lead to the popular Dedham pottery that often had rabbits on the borders or in the middle of the plate or bowl. I wouldn’t doubt that at some point a piece of that pottery was in our house.
So it only makes sense that Dedham’s independent children’s book store, located in the historic Square, would be called The Blue Bunny. It incorporates the town’s history and conveys the colorful energy inside the bookstore. As a mom with twin 8-year-old sons and a nearly 5 year old daughter, all of whom literally seem to have a birthday party every weekend, I am grateful for a place that I can purchase books and simple toys as presents and know that I am supporting our local economy. Read the rest of this entry »