Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Three Favorite Books
My friend Tara talked about one of her favorite books...How do Dinosaurs say good night (which is great) and I was thinking about some of our favorites. But mostly I just have adult ADD and can't look at my own posts for too long. The Big Orange Splot is one from my childhood...all about being different and not conforming to the man....errr..or something like that. If I ever have an empty hallway or kids wall, I would love to frame the pages of this book in sequence so you could 'read' it.... in cool black frames...do you dig it?
"What have you done to your house?" they shouted at the man.
"My house is me and I am it. My house is where I like to be and it looks like all my dreams," said the man, who had always loved ships.
"He's just like Plumbean!" the people said. "He's got bees in his bonnet, bats in his belfry, and knots in his noodle!"
Then, one by one, they went to see Mr. Plumbean late at night. They would sit under the palm trees and drink lemonade and talk about their dreams--and whenever anybody visited Mr. Plumbean's house, the very next day that person would set about changing his own house to fit his dreams....
This is another one from my childhood, one I won in the straw when Lindsey and I were picking through my mom's books. I have a little Viola Swamp in me...which is no surprise to my family. About a nice teacher whose alter personality whips everyone into shape.
"I am Coach Swamp!" said the lady in the black sweat suit. The teams fullback tried to pussyfoot away.
"Not so fast Mr. Smarty!" said Coach Swamp.
"Wow," said one of the guys, "Did you see that tackle?"
This is a recent McCoy edition. When I saw the title, I knew Darby had to have it. For every girl with a big brother. For everygirl who can fight like a sword like my daughter, but who never seems to be big enough. Cause my daughter who raises her sword above her head and says, "By the power of grayscull, I HAVE THE POWER!" (name that old cartoon). Or just maybe for Luke to show him girls are cool too, even though I tell him that everyday anyway This book is about a princess who kicks butt...this is an important theme in our family I think.
So, while her brothers grew as tall and strong as King Wilfred's knights, Violetta, who stayed quite small, got better at fighting and riding everyday. And her father's horses loved to carry her on their backs.
Violetta became so nimble and quick that when her three brothers practiced joustin with her, their spears and swords just hit the empty air. And the princes soon stopped laughing at her. and they stopped calling her 'Itsy-Bitsy-Little Vi!'