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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Read a Book

If there's anything I like to do as much as sew it's read. I can lose a perfectly good day with the right book. My kids inherited this love of books. Even before age one, we would spend hours reading. That's because my child would crawl to me with whichever book he or she loved at the time and would throw it on me! Now they stay  up until we make them turn off their lamps looking at books and reading stories to themselves.

Todd and I have been so frustrated with the lack of quality children's literature. Do you know what I mean? Everything seems to be about nothing. Or nothing we care to share with our children.

Then one day at the library I stumbled upon a little book called Petunia by Roger Duvoisin. Wow! A story with a moral and so charming too. We quickly checked out every book our library carried by him, which was not so many since these were written in the 50s and 60s.

So I searched Amazon and came up with these. They cost between a quarter and four dollars, because they're old library books. How sad that they were withdrawn! But happy for us. We have a few more coming and I highly recommend him. Especially the Petunia and Crocus the Crocodile lines.

Hope you don't mind a break from the sewing blog.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6



Jenny said...

Thanks for the recommendations Melissa...I have a few on hold at the library now!

Jackie said...

My kids and I always loved to read books together. We all still have the love of books and I cherish those moments I had when they were little, snuggling and reading together.

Haws Family said...

Thank you so much for sharing these books! I have the same love of reading, and the same frustration. I am going to go look these up now. I would also recommend "One Morning in Maine" by Robert McCloskey. Simple, charming story about when life was simple and childhood was happy.

judycolby said...

Jess & I used to love to read a book called Minerva Louise. She is a chicken with a limited view so comes to some odd conclusions. We would laugh so hard.
The childrens' library didn't use to be very organized and we'd have a hard time finding it.

Carmen Rigby said...

I totally agree! We rely on our local library for good recommendations which they are pretty good at.

We have one good old standby we go to every winter--you never can beat reading the Laura Ingalls series together!

GardenofDaisies said...

Stories about Petunia used to be included in our reader at school. I loved Petunia!!

Gmama Jane said...

I am a retired teacher of 30 yrs and Petunia is a classic! I often found teachers throwing them away because they weren't glitzy looking like the newer books out today. I became a Reading Specialist for 9 yrs. and I used the book Petunia learns to Read in Many of my demonstrations for teachers in reading instruction. Great little books!!
Gmama Jane

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