I must send Mr. Badger off to Mags. He's in a bag, waiting to go to Ireland. Remember when I said I wanted to read Noel Streatfeild's shoe books again? I didn't know about Party Shoes but I have it now and it takes place just after World War II and it has a very nostalgic charm. Delicious! I do love stories. Today I will conference with my students and discuss the ten books they have read over the course of the trimester. I wish they'd read the old storybooks. My friend Frances has written GOOD books for kids, but some of the newer fiction for the middle grades doesn't honor them or lead them to good places.
I still believe they need characters like Mole to fall in love with, to know. I've told you how much I love Harriet the Spy. I will always love her. I will always love Ramona Quimby. I will ALWAYS love The Great Brain. Have you read Where the Red Fern Grows? If you haven't and you'd like a really good cry, read it. E.B.White wrote the masterpiece Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web. The Trumpet of the Swan is also absolutely magic.
Books are such friends, such treasures. Miracles, really.
Might you dip into a storybook today? Maybe you could read just one passage and be transported to another world, a world of innocence and goodness. Doesn't that sound sweet?
The stars in the sky this morning were so twinkly. Now the sun is rising and we'll have another golden day. Ahhhhh.