Ohhh… the countdown is getting closer to an end now. I don’t know about you but I know that I’m getting really ever so slightly excited. Okay, seriously excited but I know it will drive everyone nuts so I’m trying to contain myself. How am I doing so far? *lol*
Today it’s my favourite three kids books. They’re books I’ve read over and over and over again and then, just for something different, I’ve read them again. So, here we go!
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Such a simple story and gorgeous pictures. I love how it teaches kids the days of the week, good food choices versus not so good food choices, the best thing to do when you’ve overeaten and that everyone has the capacity for change. I’ve always loved TVHC and may have gone a little bit overboard when Master2 came along as Target had brought out a range of TVHC merchandise. If it had the caterpillar on it then I probably bought it.
2. Where is the Green Sheep? Such a gorgeous book by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek with a great rhythm to it as it teaches about opposites and the value of perseverance… they do find that green sheep in the end, after all! I’m yet to meet a toddler that doesn’t enjoy this book.
3. Green Eggs and Ham by the fabulous Dr Seuss. Another great book with rhythm that induces laughter by about the third page. I have thought about dying some eggs green and serving them with ham but just can’t bring myself to do it. I’d need a Sam-I-Am for that, I think.
Three days to go.
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Can there ever be enough books in the world, or even in just one place, to truly satisfy a soul? I woke up this morning to pictures on my Facebook feed from a friend who is currently in Europe, she’d been to visit the Abbey Library of Saint Gallen in Switzerland. She had to use stock pictures and not her own photos as you’re not allowed to photograph the library… they even give you little felt shoes to wear so you don’t damage anything. It has over 170,000 items in there. Can you imagine what it looks like? Can you imagine what it smells like? That ink smell… divine!
After drooling over her descriptions and the photos put up I remembered that I had some books to return to my local library. There are significantly less than 170,000 books there… and the architecture is rather lacking, too. Still, I’ve always loved libraries. You go in, you wander the stacks and choose your books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, whatever and then they just let you take them. Sure, they do get you to sign up and give some info but it’s still a system that’s really built on trust and honour.
There was a time when I thought being a librarian would be my ultimate job. I was about seven and sadly deluded, I thought that they checked books in and out and then in between that they just got to sit there and read. Wouldn’t that be great, being paid to read? Of course, I’m far more aware now of all the jobs that librarians really do, but I always wonder if I will come around the shelving to find a librarian sitting on the floor, book in their lap and looking up at me with a guilty smile as they say “I just couldn’t wait.” I’d probably sit down next to them and crack open a book as well.
I love being surrounded by books – the sight of them makes me smile. Even better is sharing a book with a friend or a bunch of friends. I used to be part of the best book group… we got together once a month and talked about the book while we ate yummy food and drank wine. Okay, sometimes the talking about the book was reduced to “Did anyone actually read it this month? Any good or should I not bother?” but that was fine, and it’s probably the reason I haven’t joined another book club since I left that one!
Books – a collection of words that takes you from where you are physically to some other dimension; educating, enlightening and entertaining.