Check It Out: Get in spirit of dancing, swimming with books – The Columbian

December 20, 2021 by No Comments

Jan Johnston is the Collection Development Coordinator for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. Email her at [email protected].

Last week, I observed how bird-friendly the lyrics are to the Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” In part three of my tribute to the song that just keeps on giving, we run up against the last of the feathered presents: swans. To be precise, seven swans a-swimming. On a recent train ride to Tacoma, I looked out the window at just the right moment to spy swans on Vancouver Lake. I would have liked to ask them if they really go “a-swimming,” but the train was moving too fast.

Starting with gift number eight, True Love bestows a series of what I call “humans-in-action” treasures. I’m sure that True Love had nothing but good intentions when creating a multiday parade of holiday surprises, but after the five gold rings, let’s face it, space becomes a real issue. Storage, dear readers, should be considered when choosing a gift (additionally in True Love’s case, the care and feeding of birds, cows and humans …tut, tut).

Ah well, it’s the spirit of the thing(s) that count, right? I certainly hope this week’s recommendations will get you into the spirit of dancing, baking, swimming and bovine caretaking.

Merry reading!

  • “And Then We Danced: A Voyage into the Groove” by Henry Alford.

Described by the publisher as “(a) grand tour … through the works and careers of luminaries ranging from Bob Fosse to George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp to Arthur Murray” Alford’s informative (and very witty) tribute to dance greats will have you tapping your toes.

  • “The Backyard Cow: An Introductory Guide to Keeping Productive Pet Cows” by Sue Weaver.

I have never milked a cow. I really like cows (for a brief, somewhat embarrassing time in my youth I went cow-crazy and collected cow-shaped creamers), but if my true love gifted me with a real cow, I wouldn’t know what to do. If a pet cow is in your future, don’t be clueless like me — check out Sue Weaver’s bovine-friendly guide.



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