Children’s Books

One of the funnest things about being a parent is reading books to your child. I get a kick out of so many of them. I have an opportunity to entertain Meg, and indulge in some acting. I think she enjoys it quite a great deal.

Lately we’ve been reading Eric Carle’s Grouchy Ladybug
 
 Grouchy Ladybug

 and Leo Lionni’s Frederick.

 Frederick

I bought both books in colored paperback for less than $10 each. Well worth it in my opinion.

A few years ago I picked up and  read the Grouchy Ladybug at the bookstore. I honestly felt that it was not really age appropriate for Meg at the time since it was a tale about a mean ladybug and instigating fights. This isn’t something I really felt Meg was ready to learn. Now that she’s more mature…our budding seven year old…she understands that it’s not a good idea to pick fights, and no one really wants to be around someone who is grouchy. So far I’m not making this book sound very appealing. But…
 
If you haven’t read it, and even if you’re an adult without children, I highly recommend it. It has a good storyline and in the end a positive outcome. It’s just fun to read out loud and hopefully it will make you laugh.
 
I’ve often thought it would be great to send my friends children books as presents, but I think they would probably find it rather infantile.

Frederick is another great book that I think inspires the creative person in each of us. It’s a sweet  story that to me says it’s okay that we’re all unique individuals. We all have our own calling and with it we can contribute to our society/community.
 
I love the illustrations in both these books, because they’re unique…cut up or ripped up colored paper forming the images and shapes. They have that hands on artsy look.

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