No Fighting, No Biting!, by Else Holmellund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, 1958, HarpersCollins.
This book is almost as enchanting as the Little Bear series. Probably because no matter how adorable the baby alligators look when created by Maurice Sendak, they just don't have the cuddliness of a bear cub. A side effect of this book is that my seven-year-old son will point to our two older cats when they are tussling and say, "No fighting, no biting!" I'd say he fully understands the story.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
In our house we strive for lofty ideals, elegance, and gentility. But sometimes there just have to be farts. Especially if you have a seven-year-old boy. And I MUCH prefer a book of the recorded sounds over the real item. I am also grateful that this isn't a scratch-n-sniff book.
The First Thanksgiving, by Linda Hayward, illustrated by James Watling, Random House, 1990.
This is a solid book for first grade readers. It is not exactly interesting. It is not exactly complete in information. It is not exactly entertaining. And the illustrations are not exactly brilliant. But kids can read it on their own and understand most of it.
1. Once upon a time, there was Beethoven music. It was scary, because it was low, like the rumble of a gray-cloud storm. And it was sad, like the rain that falls, and disappears back into the rivers. And it was beautiful, like a thunderstorm at night.
1. Once upon a time, there was a star. The star looked like a shoe. The star looked like a dancing and kicking shoe. The star danced across space and kicked Jupiter right out of its rings. Now the star is the ringmaster.