gold love-ring with sapphire setting, 15th century
The inscription on the outside of this ring reads une fame nominative a fait de moy son dative par la parole genitive en depit de l’accusatiff / “A nominative lady has made me her dative by the genitive word despite the accusative”, making this the perfect wedding ring for grammar nerds.
On the inside of the ring, a lady holds a squirrel on a leash, tempting it into her lap with acorns. The inner inscription reads s(i?)s amour est infiniti(v)e ge veu este son relatiff / “Love is infinite for her relative”, so it would appear that the groom and his breeches-squirrel were pleased with this arrangement.
Images reproduced with permission from Phaidon Press.
“Bugs at Christmas,” by Beatrice Alemagna, Phaidon Press, $12.95, 38 pages, ages 3-5.
It’s Christmas Eve in the bugs’ cozy blanket world, and they’re trying to organize a holiday party. Unfortunately, they each seem to have a different idea of how to celebrate; Little Yellow Bug wants to sing Jungle Bugs around a piano, while Little Long-Legged Bug prefers dancing the Santa Samba until he drops. The critters can’t agree on the best way to ring in Christmas until they learn that the spirit of love and togetherness triumphs over creative differences. Beatrice Alemagna created these surprisingly loveable hairy creatures using appliqué, fabrics, and stitching techniques that together resemble the texture of a nubby, wooly quilt.