29 Jan 2011

Motmot

The handpainted wooden bookmark that shows a motmot bird from El Salvador. Beautiful!!! Thanks, Xiomara :)



The motmots are birds restricted to woodland or forest in the Neotropics, and the largest diversity is in Middle America. They have a colourful plumage and a relatively heavy bill.
The Turquoise-browed Motmot (also called Torogoz or Talapo) is the national bird of El Salvador.

27 Jan 2011

Mask of Japan

The bamboo bookmark with painted Japanese masks from Japan. Sent by Ayumi.



Japanese masks are part of a very old and highly sophisticated and stylized theatrical tradition. Throughout Japan's history, masks have been used in rituals and performances. The performer dons a mask representing a certain individual, hero, deity, devil, ghost, or legendary animal, depending on the ritual or performance.

22 Jan 2011

Plane Above the Clouds

The wooden bookmark with a cheerful plane from Lithuania. Bought by my sister as a Christmas present ;)

21 Jan 2011

Turtle from Malta

The handmade wooden bookmark with a turtle from Malta.



Kia Ora

The handmade wooden bookmark with a kiwi bird from New Zealand. Thanks to Cathie ;)



Kia ora is a Māori language greeting which has entered New Zealand English. It means literally "be well/healthy" and is translated as an informal "hi". The New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage website NZ History lists it as one of 100 Māori words every New Zealander should know, with a definition "Hi!, G'day!.

Kiwi are flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. At around the size of a domestic chicken, kiwi lay the largest egg in relation to their body size of any species of bird in the world.
The kiwi is a national symbol of New Zealand – indeed, the association is so strong that the term Kiwi is used, all over the world, as the colloquial demonym for New Zealanders.

11 Jan 2011

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6 Jan 2011

Scottish Terrier

The metallic bookmark with a Scottish Terrier from an antique shop in Lithuania.





The Scottish Terrier, popularly called the Scottie, is a breed of dog. They are a small breed of Terrier with a distinctive shape and have had many roles in popular culture. They have been owned by a variety of celebrities, including the 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush, and are well known for being a playing piece in the board game Monopoly. Described as a territorial, feisty dog, they can make a good watchdog and tend to be very loyal to their family.

3 Jan 2011

Dive into

The bookmarks from New Zealand. Encouraging reading: dive into adventures, laughs, real life drama, spies and detectives. Which kind of literature do you choose?

2 Jan 2011

Elephant

The handmade bookmark with an elephant from the Netherlands and my friend Bianca.





Elephants are a symbol of wisdom in Asian cultures and are famed for their memory and intelligence. Aristotle once said the elephant was "the beast which passeth all others in wit and mind".

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