Monday, July 21, 2008

My FAVORITE children's book and the spell it weaves

I mentioned that we read at bedtime. Every night. Each kid gets to pick (sometimes with a little re-direction based on time and sleepiness) one book. Usually Bella picks princess stuff. Or stuff with a leading character that looks like a 6 inch tall blond bombshell doll. This stuff has it's place, but once in a while I like to be entertained by the selection as well.

One night, I pulled out MY FAVORITE. The first book I bought myself with my money. Okay, money given to me by an Auntie right at the door of the mall as we all went in shopping. Together. But I made the purchase, I made the selection, I paid the cashier. I was about six years old and extremely impressed with myself. I even managed to get a pair of plastic high-heel shoes with the change. I still have the book.

So one night, I pulled out MY FAVORITE. That original book. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. The kids were mesmerized. It is quite a bit longer than many of the books I read at night. I used funny voices. I read it dramatically. They got it. They loved it. You could hear a pin drop in the room while I was reading. No comments. No interruptions. No wiggling. Just rapt attention. It just shows the power of excellent children's literature. I mean, really, who can compete with the Doctor?


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