Week One in the Children’s Book Readathon featured Children’s Picture Books. The three that were chosen are often referred to as classics, but for very different reasons. These are very different books, by very different authors and loved by varying audiences.
I remember reading this book to my son and daughter when they were young. My son really enjoyed it, my daughter, not so much. I agree that this story needs have a discussion about “wild behaviour” especially when it is hurtful or disrespectful. I love the imagination that comes from the little boy and his trip on his boat to the island. The illustrations could be scary for young children, but my grandson had no problem with them. He liked the story, but when we talked about the boy and his behaviour, he just wanted to play. Perhaps he is still a bit young for that. This book was certainly a game changer when it first came out and you either loved it or disliked it immensely. I say the message of imagination, time to be “wild”, time to go home to those who love you is timeless.
Goodnight Moon was the book that my son and daughter-in-law read to my grandchildren for bedtime when they were little. My grandson still likes it, but it is not his first choice for a bedtime story anymore. It is quiet, simple and comforting. Another great story.
I have always loved Dr. Seuss, so have my children and now my grandchildren. I have so many of his books that I kept that I can keep reading them and the kids will not get bored. This book is one that I do not own. I never really thought of this one as a young child’s book. When I was the principal of a K to 8 school, we purchased a copy for each of our grade 8 graduates. They were signed by all their teachers with a little note and read at their graduation ceremony. It is a great story for launching a new pathway in your life. Adults could also read this one and ponder the Dr’s message.
I read about an adapted version called Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go. The rhythm and rhymes follow the original and make for a delightful story according to fellow blogger Nina at The Cozy Pages. I want to get a copy of my son and daughter-in-law as they are expecting a new baby in December.
So that is it for my post on the first week of the Children’s Book Readathon. I know I was a bit late posting as I could not find my copies of some of the books profiled. Make sure to check out Jay’s Blog, This Is My Truth Now to read the posts from other participants.