Friday, August 28, 2009

A Book That Made Me Cry

Since becoming a mom I have become more emotional. Movies that I used to simply stare at, maybe even roll my eyes at, make me tear up. There are certain topics I avoid all together. I just get too weepy. Having kids did this to me: it made me gentler in my spirit---I guess.

It happened again as I was reading to my two oldest boys. What great picks this last trip to the library brought out way.

Here they are:

Don't Forget I Love You by Miriam Moss and illustrated by Anna Currey. Published by Dial Books for Young Readers. Way to go team! This was/is so good. This one seems to have been written from experience, from the heart, and from a place a knowing.

It is about a hurried mom and son, bears, who are late to preschool and work. In the rush of the morning the mom forgets to give her son his special bunny and forgets to say I love. But she comes back! My sons listened. My middle totally empathized. He is so sensing and feeling. This comes easily for him. But even my older one got it. We all could relate. I as a mother who often is hurried and neglects to do my job of mommy totally perfectly, and my sons who need that constant affirmation from me.

The other book was beauty! (The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger and published by Greenwillow Books) Beauty in words and in pictures. It would make the best coffee table book for adults and for kids. What a great fall pick. Great for a teacher to use in her classroom before a lesson on leaves. Carin Berger personifies the Little Yellow Leaf in this book. You find yourself sympathizing with this little fellow and not wanting him to feel too rushed to fall like all the others. Yet this leaf gets lonely. He hangs to the tree all through winter, but after the snow melts away he hears another leaf call to him and they decide to let go together.

I look forward to more reads by this author and illustrator.


Paula Jean said...

I love hearing your book picks. I loved taking my kids to the library, and there are several authors/books we still love to revisit occasionally. But I feel "out of the loop" with new books. Maybe I need to get back out there and visit the children's section again -- and start a list for when I have grandkids (someday, not too soon!).

Ashlee said...

I love that you do this, Rebekah! I have added some more books to our request list now:) Miss you!!

Betsy said...

I appreciate your book recommendations, Rebecca--our little Creswell library is only so big, but our librarian has such heart that she'll order any books I mention. Thanks!

Rebekah said...

Oh very cool! I wasn't sure if the book pick updates were appreciated or not. I'll keep the coming. Another one I just read and loved was Where To, Little Wombat?

C A R I N said...

Thank you so much for your sweet review of The Little Yellow Leaf and your great blog!
FYI: I've a new book, OK Go! that's a playful celebration of living green and this coming Spring Forever Friends, a book about separation and friendship will be out. Check them out!

Rebekah said...

Wow, you are the first author to respond to my book reviews. I'll look for your other books! Very excited!

Joshlin said...

I am so happy to finde your blog. I needed new bood ideas to read my son. I am now a follower of yours.

Rebekah said...

Joshlin, welcome! I have some new picks to post soon! Very excited about these next finds. How old is your son?