Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Favorite Book

Reading is a very big part of my relationship with my daughter, Chloe.
I read to her before her first day on earth and I still read to her now.
It's not so much my love for reading that drives me, because I don't love to read I like it....dont' love it.
It's what it brings to our relationship.
Stories take us on trips to faraway places.
Stories put us in other people's shoes.
Stories tug at our heartstrings.
Stories teach us.

Then one day I realized there is more to reading that stories.
So I began collecting different types of books for Chloe, true stories, informational, fact books and poetry books.

The poetry book that has brought us the most smiles, laughter and that look of  " are you serious ?!!??"
is Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.
We have read this book cover to cover a dozen times....we started it again tonight.
We read a few poems, unless we are having such a good time that we read more, each night.

Homemade Boat is our most favorite poem.
I remember how it simply cracked Chloe up, years ago and it still cracks her up today.
She begs me to read it it it again......
That my friends is magic, the kind found only in reading to and with your child.

Shel has wonderful books.
The Giving Tree is another of our favorites.
Here is a link to his website where there is some fun for the kids and all of his books are listed there too.

You still have time to go pick up a Shel Silverstein book for Christmas.

see ya'll

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1 comment:

Kirsten W. said...

Funny, it was a Shel Silverstein Christmas for us! Santa brought "A Light in the Attic" for my son, and his uncle gave him "Every Thing On It". As I was putting away some decorations this afternoon, I found my husband's childhood copy of "Where the Sidewalk Ends". We're looking forward to sharing the quirky poems that we enjoyed for years with our children.