You didn’t think we were going to get through Christmas without a Grinch Story Time, did you? If you did, you don’t know me very well.
The Grinch is my favorite Christmas story. Why? Because the Grinch is a naughty guy, but he isn’t evil as might be supposed. I love the idea of turning the bad guy into a marshmallow, and if you had known my beautiful husband when we first met, you would know I excel at it. I learned it from the Whos of Who-ville. The secret is to just keep being good and joyful and let that stuff rub off on the bad guy. Next thing he knows, he’s been married for 13 years, lives for his family, and would give his neighbor the shirt off his back. His heart grows three sizes before his brain can catch up. Yeah, I know, it doesn’t work Every Time. But when it does work, it’s a beautiful thing. So it is with the Grinch.
O. M. G.
I love this book. I still laugh out loud about having witch with french fries. And yeah, every time the 5-Creature beast shouts, “THAT’S MY WITCH!” I totally cackle like a 5-year-old. Some books just do that to me. Revert me back to childhood within a few words. I’m not ashamed. In fact, if you can’t think of a picture book that makes you feel that way, well. I mean, shame on you. But I mean it in the nicest, most encouraging, embrace-your-inner-child kind of way.
Can’t You Sleep, Little bear? is so cute and sweet and makes a great bedtime story, but if your littles like it as much as mine did, they will want to read it any hour of the day. It’s also a great way for littles to examine their fear of the dark and to see that it is nothing to be afraid of.
Barbara Firth’s illustrations are soft and lovely, with all the wondrous personifications a little likes to see in his story time animals. Big Bear’s patience with Little Bear’s fears is gentle and soothing, and a bit of a reminder to us mamas who are dead on our feet at then end of a long mama-ing day to take our littles’ feelings seriously and address them without frustration. Win.
If you asked me who my favorite picture book authors were, Eve Bunting and Jan Brett would top the list. So a book by both of them? Oh. Yeah.
I love this book for several reasons. 1) Eve Bunting and Jan Brett. 2) The mice are called Biggest, Middle, and Little and I have always called my 3 boys Big, Middle, and Littlest. So they used to think the book was about them. 3) It shows littles that a gift from the heart is more important on Mother’s Day than anything they can get at the store. 4) It exhibits for littles that a mother loves all her children and does not (cannot) pick favorites.
If you’re like me, Mother’s Day has sneaked up on you this year because of that whole May Day falling on a Sunday thing. Whereas I thought we had a couple weeks, Mother’s Day is Next Sunday. And your littles want to make gifts for their mamas and grandmamas. And you want your littles to read a book and do some awesome activities. So let’s get to it.