You know how some people have life goals? Or bucket lists? Well, mine is largely made up of books that I want to read to my kids when they get older. Seriously.
Last week, I got to check a book off my list when the big boys and I read out loud A. A. Milne's classic, Once on a Time. It's a source of deep sadness to me that this book is not well known and required literature for every elementary school child. Hands down, Milne created the most fabulous villain of all time. The Countess Belvane: they just don't make them like that any more. And when I say "fabulous", I mean that in every sense of the word. Also: Wiggs. I want to give her all the hugs. If you haven't read this book yet, do yourself a favor: stop everything and remedy that immediately. It's free on Amazon kindle right now, and while I can't guarantee that it will include the fantastic Susan Perl illustrations (which, really, ARE AWESOME--caps necessary), at least you'll be able to leave with the magical poetry of King Merriwether:
Bo, bole, bill, bole
Wo, woll, will, wole.
Kings who start wars over breakfast and seven league boots, a princess whose power is usurped by a largess throwing countess, magic rings that turn princess into...something amusing, and so much more. You'll thank me later.
|Belvane showing us how it gets done.|
Continuing on with read alouds, the boys and I just plowed through Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. (For the enquiring minds that want to know, we're now halfway through Skylark, the sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall, which I am really enjoying re-reading as an adult, especially in regards to seeing Sarah and Jacob work out their marriage.) Littles and Tiny really enjoyed being back with Roald Dahl's Charlie and Willy Wonka, and we had a great time reading about shooting Knid's and Minus-Land, but my biggest take away was more on the political side, actually.
Now that you're all recovered from the heart attack of me talking politics on my blog, I'll just say this. If you are wondering even a little bit what it would be like to have Donald Trump for president, go read Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. Except that it would be even worse, because Trump is a real person and not just stupid, the way the president in C&tGGE is. I meant to pull out some entertaining quotes (that become less entertaining the closer this election looms), but you may just need to go reread this one for yourself. Trust me and Shuckworth, Shanks, and Showler (they really did see a ten year old, four old people in nightgowns, and a big bed floating around in that glass "space shuttle").
|Littles with Shuckworth, Shanks, and Showler.|
|Bee wouldn't share her cakes with a wolf either.|
Or anyone else.