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Monday, February 14, 2011

Three of My Favorites

I fell in love with reading, and books as a kid. When I think back on my favorite childhood book many come to mind. But today, these three stick out, because I liked them enough to buy and share with my children.

  The Five Chinese Brothers - by Claire Huchet Bishop, was originally published in 1938, is a retelling of a Chinese Folktale. When one brother was in trouble they others stood in for him, one at a time. They had different abilities, one had an iron neck, another that could stretch...

If my memory is correct, I first heard this story in kindergarten. It's a very long story, but worth every page.

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears - A West African Tale, retold by Verna Aardema. A story about a lieing mosquitoe, and an iguana who some how are responsible for the death of one mother owl's babies. And for this reason she's unable to wake the sun.

I've read this story to my children many times, and is one of my favorites to share when I make school visits. In the fourth grad we did a play of this story, and I was the python.

 Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, by Judy Blume. I was introduced to this book in the 6th grade. Our teacher read to us every day after our lunch recess, and this book was on that list. Since then I've read it several times.

My favorite part of the book is Margaret doing the bust enhancing exercises and chanting, "I must, I must, I must encrease my bust." And yes, I did the exercised too!

Yes, I have other childhood favorites, and since having children I've added more to that list. What books do you love sharing with your children?


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Nikki said...

One of my favorite books that I loved as a child was Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
This story has several layers of meaning from the simple story of friendship through the exploration of color to the feelings of racial prejudice. I read this book to my first grade class in the beginning of the year to discuss the importance of being friends with all people no matter what they look like!


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