We have been reading lots of “classic” children’s books this summer. It’s an effort to keep it interesting, I guess, and “complete” my children’s literature education. Where have I been finding lists of what to read? Pinterest, mainly. I search around and scroll through and order up a handful from the library. I am only allowed to request five items at a time, but that seems like a reasonable amount to get through before I go looking for more.
I decided today that we are going to be skipping The Lorax. It’s on all kinds of book lists and I’m sure it has a wonderful message. But I don’t feel like reading a downer. I read it once when I was probably in elementary school and from what I remember, it was super sad. I read The Giving Tree just recently and maybe that ruined me for the whole “sad book” thing.
No more sad books!
Two books we did read: Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling and The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne.
The House at Pooh Corner, on the other hand, is a real winner. Finn loves this book. It is also very wordy, in a way that can get kind of old, but he sits through almost an entire story/chapter. Even though the pictures are few and far between.