Library Line-Up: September

Poor Coryn brought home a nasty cold from. . .well, I'm not exactly sure where she picked it up. She had gymnastics this week which seems a likely culprit (lots of little kids touching the same surfaces), but Matt also mentioned that something was going around his work, and the little girl across the street couldn't play the other day because she was sick. . .lots of options. There is something so sad about a four-year-old with bloodshot eyes, and when she talks her voice sounds a little bit like the baby duck in her Tom and Jerry cartoons. . .and cartoons was what her little heart desired. No more Tom and Jerry (someone reported all the full length Tom and Jerry cartoons on youtube for violating copyright, which they probably did, but I'm still sore about their removal. The dang cartoons are over fifty-years-old. Time to start sharing, Hanna Barbara or whoever owns the rights to them. . .), but she has a dvd of random Warner Brothers cartoons (mostly Tweety and Sylvester going at it), and all she wanted to do was curl up on the couch with that and a box of Cheez-its (her appetite was not noticeably affected by this whole sickness thing until this evening when she turned down a second "tiny apple pie" I'd made in a muffin cup). I insisted on doing a little story reading to fill some of the time, however.

We had found some really good books on this last library trip. Several were from authors that I purposefully sought out. There is a very good selection of Audrey Wood books at this new library, compared to what was available in Iwakuni. We also re-checked out Woodpecker Forest (reviewed here) which I hadn't thought she liked that much the first time we got it, but she found it on the shelf and asked if we could get it again.

Of all the books we got, my personal favorite is Come to the Fairies' Ball by Jane Yolen (the Caldecott winner for Owl Moon). This richly illustrated book is told in a pleasantly lilting rhyme about the preparations various fairies make to go to the ball. Coryn likes the pretty dresses the fairy ladies wear and wants to know if they are all princesses.

Also by Jane Yolen is Nocturne, which is also a poem, if less traditionally metered, all about night. I like the descriptions of the night as "Brushstroked bluecoat velvet," and it is a nice "whisper softly, read to calm down" book.

As I mentioned earlier, we got a couple of Audrey Wood books, and as usual, my favorite is not Coryn's favorite. Coryn likes Elbert's Bad Word, which is an interesting take on the saying of "bad words." What the word in question may be, I have no idea, but in the book the word is a character, a nasty, worm like, fuzzy black creature that sneaks into a little boy's mouth and waits for an opportunity to slip out. When the mother's attempt to "wash it out" of the boy's mouth fails, Elbert seeks the guidance of a wise gardener who helps him find better words to say. I think Coryn likes the idea of saying a bad word even though this hasn't been something we've had to deal with yet (I don't swear. Matt swears mildly on occasion-being a Marine, I know he hears much worse all day at work, and I'm thankful it is only mildly and on occasion that he brings it home with him. He does think it is funny if he can get Coryn to repeat it, but I've taught her not to trust Daddy in these matters and she usually consults with me before repeating anything Daddy asks her to say). I like this story, but I think

The Napping House is more fun to read, so it is my pick out of the two Audrey Wood reads we brought home. I like "this leads to this which leads to this" stories, and this one has wonderful illustrations, plus, again it is a nice "whisper to calm down" book, and I really like that. 

Coryn really likes In My Bathroom by Carol Thompson. It is a really simple book, but the little pig telling the story makes a huge mess at the end and she likes that. 

Her favorite, however, has got to be Belinda and the Glass Slipper by Amy Young. We've gotten Belinda books before (they are a series), and Coryn loves them all. After all, they are about ballet. She likes to imitate the moves Belinda does in the books. She actually asked to re-read this book the moment we finished it and she'll sit and just look at the pictures forever. In this story Belinda faces competition from a sneaky and spoiled ballerina who thinks she deserves Belinda's role in the ballet. There is a dance off and Belinda is victorious, of course, but Coryn still can't believe how nasty the other ballerina (Lola) is, so we had a talk on what jealousy is and how it can make people do mean things. 

So Belinda wins the Coryn's Choice Award and Come to the Fairies' Ball is my pick. Almost all these books I'd get again, and that's a good day at the library.