A crazy week! Two We Recommends in a row. What can we say, this one is time-sensitive. Yes, yet another in our We Recommend series, where you guys write in asking for what would be the right book for the small reader in your life. Go ahead, try us!
I was looking over our e-mail and saw a request for our We Recommend feature, but one that perplexed me a bit. Here it is, in part:
oldest son is in kindergarten and his class Valentine's Day party is
coming up. My husband has volunteered to read the story to the kids
during the party.Any suggestions for an appropriate picture book that isn't corny
or religious? (My son's school is a public school and a little antsy
about anything related to any religion.)
Does anyone anywhere celebrate Valentine's Day as a religious holiday? I mean, certainly it is called Saint Valentine's day, so there's that, but mostly I believe it to have been entirely and completely given over to love, hearts, and candy candy candy. Perhaps I'm missing something? As far as I know, the Catholic Church took it over from the pagans, who more or less went with the whole love, hearts and candy and sort of tacked a saint on to it to make it wholesome. So the concern about a religious book seems a bit misplaced. But then, what do I know?
There, that's today's I-don't-know-what-I'm-talking-about-but-almost-have-a-vague-idea-religious-history-lesson.
they called it a crush was because the kids weren't the same gender. Or the "Oh, maybe they'll get married when they grow up!" that people seemed to feel was a great compliment to your child, when all I felt was "Can we let them out of this rigid scheme of gender roles for maybe 20 seconds? Or even 10? Please!" Ugh. I don't know why it irked me, but there you go, I'm easily irked.
But I digress. The book. Here, instead of waffling and worrying, I will go with my gut, a book that I read to Diana's preK class one party that kept them rapt. Rapt! A classic, an awesome read aloud, just an excellent book all around.
For Valentine's Day? Well, the relationship between Mike and Mary-Ann is certainly loving. And besides, the book is red! How much more could you ask for?
No doubt you all will have much more appropriate choices, and here's to you: bring them on. But in my heart I believe that if you read this one, it's going to be a hit.
(Note: If anyone pulls a Ramona on you and asks you how he went to the bathroom, tell them he held it in. He was an impressive man, Mike Mulligan, and didn't drink as much waters as he should have that day.)