“Corduroy” by Don Freeman is a classic in every way. I have been waiting to introduce it to my son because I knew my heart would be broken if he didn’t like it. It’s one of my very favorites from childhood and the simplicity of the story makes it as relevant in 2009 as it was when it was first published in 1968. I remember being amazed by the thought of a stuffed bear coming to life and exploring a department store at night after it closes. The real message though is captured by the little girl and her statement that she loves him just the way he is even with a missing button, but she is fixing it to make him more comfortable. What a fantastic and vital message for kids! My son loves this book and I won’t pretend that I had dry eyes when I finished reading it to him and he looked at me and asked ” Read this one again?”.
“Cowboy Small” by Lois Lenski is a cute cowboy book for the younger set. We have the board book edition and it’s been loved for a long time at our house, although since our return from the Calgary Stampede it’s been read constantly. The text is simple, the drawings are charming and the book covers all the basics of what a cowboys does day and night. My son loves that Cowboy small has a guitar, and is pretty fond of the part when he gets bucked off a bronco as well.
“Angela’s Airplane” by Robert Munsch captures children’s fantasies about flying planes and adds in a cautionary tale about what could happen if the fantasy became reality. Angela finds her way onto a plane and starts pushing buttons, before she knows it she is in the air alone. The plane crashes but she is ok, and promises to never fly another plane. Do you think she keeps that promise? My son adores this book and while you may think that the crash would be scary for kids it’s not , the ridiculousness of a 5 year old flying a plane makes the crash equally as fictional though effective in opening a dialogue about touching buttons you shouldn’t!