Monday, January 31, 2011
Noses are Houses for Boogers
Another book that has proved a source of inspiration for my kids is Chrysanthemum by the prolific and consistently excellent Kevin Henkes. In Chrysanthemum, the eponymous title character loves her unique name until she starts school and is teased for it. Upon reading this book for the first time several years ago, my older daughter and I discussed different flower names: Violet, Rose, Iris, Petunia, etc. Why, my daughter wanted to know, was nobody named Tulip? Well, now when she and her sister play pretend games, one of them is Tulip and the other is Daisy. If I am co-opted into the game, I am Magnolia!
Finally, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst provided not only the name of this blog, but for a while prompted my daughter to skip 16 - on purpose - when she was counting to 20. She was imitating Alexander, who, when his teacher criticizes him for doing the same, says, "Who needs 16?"
What books have inspired you and your kids?