In the spirit of Children's Book Week (and because I own a LARGE number of children's books) I am going to highlight some of my favorite kiddy lit. Don't worry. You'll love it. Trust me.
It's rare that I can pick a favorite anything in my life, but here is a case where I actually have a hands-down, no questions asked favorite children's book.
by Leo Lionni
Frederick was an adorable little mouse who always had his own way of doing everything. When the other mice were gathering food for the winter, it always seemed that Frederick was sitting by himself doing nothing. But Frederick always explained that he was very busy gathering other things. Frederick gathered sun rays "for the dark cold winter days." Frederick gathered colors "for the winter is gray." And Frederick gathered words, "For the winter days are long and many, and we'll run out of things to say."
Sure enough, as the winter dragged on, the mice turned to Frederick and asked him about his "supplies." And Frederick, always a little different than the rest, fed the weary, dreary depressed mice memories of hot summer days, vibrant colors of the field in springtime and a little poem about the four little field mice who bring the seasons.
It's such a simple story, but I always loved Frederick. He understood that all sorts of things in this world are important and it was just as important to feed the soul as it was to feed the body. Not bad for a little mouse.
More tomorrow. But in the meantime, I want to know, what's your favorite children's book?