Last week I went into my local bookstore to purchase books for a neighborhood child who was graduating Kindergarten and moving on to First Grade. While there were several recent releases by more contemporary authors that caught my eye, I kept wandering back to the display of authors that I had read as a child (more years ago than I want to recall). I ended up purchasing several Dr. Seuss books including The Places You'll Go. The book's theme is crossing life's bridge and moving on to the next challenge.
After I'd spent almost an hour looking through books, my sister said to me, "Oh, I knew you were going to end up with Dr. Seuss." I just couldn't help myself as the messages in all of his book are timeless.
Thumbing through The Places You'll Go, and remembering how I continued to be drawn back to the Dr. Seuss display, made me think about characters and books written long ago, yet the sentiments, interest, themes, and teaching values will always remain.
Here are some of my favorites...Please feel free to share yours.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Yes, the caterpillar’s diet is inaccurate, but its food choices are appealing to children while teaching them numbers, the days of the week, and how a little nothing can evolve into a beautiful something.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
A sweet, simple, and detailed day in the life of a child traveling through his neighborhood after a snowfall.
Make Way for The Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
A mother prepares for and tends to her babies…
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson
Be the person (or bull) you want to be, and not what others tell you to be.
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Miline, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard
Friends are what makes the world (or in this case, woods) go round.
Have a great week, Everyone!
photo,The Very Hungry Caterpillar c/o facebook.com/pages/Eric-Carle/78750984937
photo, The Snowy Day c/o facebook.com/EzraJackKeats
photo, Ducklings c/o Ladyheart and MorgueFile.com
photo, Bull c/o Ali110 and MorgueFile.com
photo, Winnie the Pooh c/o facebook.com/WinniethePooh