This weekend, Jeff picked up a book display case that the school next door had put out on the street.
I love cover art, especially from children’s books, and now I think Fern’s little reading corner is especially inviting and cheery.
We have been going to the Western Addition branch of the SF Public Library, and it is such a joy. Never crowded, the shelves are full, the kids corner is secluded and makes it easy to corral Fern while I leisurely browse the shelves, looking for old friends, and ready to make new ones.
We have been reading to Fern since she was born, but its been since the Winter Solstice that she has really developed her appetite for story time. Now with new library books every couple weeks, I read up to 15 stories a day. As she grows and we fall in love with new tales, I thought I could share what we are currently enjoying, and I would love to hear about books that your wee ones love.
Already, the issue around THE MESSAGES that my daughter may receive from books, media and music has become something that I simultaneously am concerned about while trying to not be a party pooper. I draw the line at corporal punishment (“Tom, Tom the piper’s son, stole a pig and away he run. The pig was eat and Tom was beat and Tom went crying down the street.” WTF?), clothing that emulates child pornography and media that splinters the soul.
There is also the question of cultural heritage. Despite the violence in Mother Goose rhymes and classics like Little Red, these are stories that are part of our collective consciousness (and show up as archetypes in our collective UNconscious). So I tread delicately, titrating what she is, or is not, ready for, and avoiding poems about Little Polly Flinders, who was whipped for getting her dress dirty. (Again with the WTF?).
We have loved these two versions of nursery rhymes, and the artwork is really what speaks.
I am slowly collecting all the stories that wove themselves throughout my own childhood, like “The Golden Egg Book.” Once there was a little bunny. He was all alone. One day he found an egg. He could hear something moving inside the egg. What was it?”
And who doesn’t love Ms. Brown? If you are a parent, I bet you have “Goodnight Moon” memorized. But do you know the Little Fur Family?
There are random thrift store finds…
And recommended Waldorf reads that cost $10 at your local natural baby store…or $1.50 at the Goodwill…
But her favorite? A certain Elephant and Piggie, complete with lots of sound effects, cries of alarm and slapstick. She is her mother’s daughter, after all.
There are so many more that are dear to my heart, but these are the magic yarns that weave together our days right now. What tales and characters do your children love, or what were your own childhood favorites?
P.S. I found this vintage kids book blog that you really might enjoy. Also, I have really been into googling the real meaning of the Mother Goose rhymes. They were all essentially for teaching children history and political concepts, more like verbal editorial cartoons than the simple songs they appear to be. But “falling down and breaking your crown” sounds a lot better than “beheading.”)