Father Knows Five 4-18-14

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1. There are “Bunnies Galore” in many new children’s books this year!

2.  We received this book for Easter when our middle daughter was born.  It has remained a favorite for many years.


3.  Anytime I can add a book that includes BOTH Charlotte Zolotow and Maurice Sendak, I’m going to do it.  This is a wonderful story:


4.  We read The Golden Egg Book just before bedtime last night.  The very last page and line of this wonderful title in The Little Golden Books Series is worth a million.


5.  Our list of rabbits and children would not be complete without sharing the world of Beatrix Potter.  We have always enjoyed reading these adventures together with the children and love finding just the right voice for such a great variety of characters.  Click on the poster below to go to Beatrix Potter’s wonderful Peter Rabbit website!


‘Pierre: A Cautionary Tale’ – Look at this Book!

* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page…


Today’s great book:  Pierre:  A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue by Maurice Sendak (1962, HarperCollins)

Time to Read: short and funny; bedtime or anytime

Summary: from www.goodreads.com…Pierre’s ‘I don’t care!’ intrigues a hungry lion. ‘A story with a moral air about Pierre, who learned to care.’

Best Quote: “I don’t care,” said Pierre.

Our View: The moment you start reading this book you are going to love every word and idea of it.  The rhyming rhythm makes it so easy and accessible for a read-aloud and the several characters (mother, father, doctor, son, lion) are so much to read in different voices.  This is a favorite at our house.  Our youngest found it in a box of books for sale at a local church bazaar and we bought for a quarter.  I’ll never forget her reading it to us from the backseat of the car on the way home that day.  We laughed and were so surprised by this little book with the big heart.  We learned one thing – it pays to care!

Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “Lion’s Mouth!” – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.

Look at this Book! ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page…

 Wild Things

Today’s great book: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963, Harper and Row).

Time to Read: short and sweet; bedtime; when your child has been difficult or wants to run away

Summary:  Max is the little boy who decides to make a mess of his home before his parents discipline him by sending him to his room without any supper.  As Max grows frustrated, his room transforms itself into a jungle and small sailing boat appears at the magical shoreline.  He sails away to a land of giant monster-like creatures called Wild Things, whom Max intimidates so well that he is made their king.  Max finally decides to return to his real home, where a hot supper awaits him.

Best Quote:  “And an ocean tumbled by with a private boat for Max.  And he sailed off through night and day, and in and out of weeks, and almost over a year to where the wild things are.”

Our View:  I have loved this book since I was a child and it later played an important role in helping me master my student teaching semester with 25 kindergartners over a decade ago.  I must have read it a hundred times when I was a child, but when I was introduced to it again after I found it in a storage box in my attic not long after I became a father, it held a new magic over me.  I have enjoyed reading it to all three of my daughters and reminiscing with them about how much I loved it when I was a boy.  I simply wanted to be Max and I wanted a small sailing boat just like the one in the book.  Mary Pols of Time magazine wrote that “[w]hat makes Sendak’s book so compelling is its grounding effect: Max has a tantrum and in a flight of fancy visits his wild side, but he is pulled back by a belief in parental love to a supper ‘still hot,’ balancing the seesaw of fear and comfort.”  Another wrote that Sendak alluded to his books as describing “how children master various feelings – danger, boredom, fear, frustration, jealousy – and manage to come to grips with the realities of their lives.”  Where the Wild Things Are, at only a little more than 300 words, does just that!

Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “What the Wild Things Eat” – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.