Children’s Books

January 18, 2010

Yesterday Eric and I were browsing in our local bookstore, and I got so excited thinking about all the great kids’ books we can soon be rereading with the Olive. I couldn’t resist snapping up:

1. Corduroy – Classic tale of a stuffed bear, a missing overalls button, and a little girl named Lisa who gives him the home he’s been searching for his entire department-store life.

2. George and Martha – Perennially appealing tale of two anthropomorpic hippos and their various adventures, which include the balloon ride that wasn’t (because George is too heavy to lift off), an ill-conceived split-pea-soup dinner, and Martha’s well-deserved comeuppance after becoming unduly enraptured with her own reflection in the mirror. I always liked how both George and Martha wear people clothes but are never fully dressed. Martha sports a skirt with no top, and occasionally a bow or flower on her hairless head; George wears loafers and a trilby hat, but nothing else.

3. Hondo & Fabian – This was a new one for me, but I was charmed by the pastel illustrations of best friends Hondo (a dog) and Fabian (a cat) and their separate yet parallel activities over the course of a day. There’s a very cute illustration of an expressionless Fabian being awkwardly carted into the living room by an unnamed little girl. We will have to instruct the Olive that she will be torn to ribbons if she tries this maneuver with either of our cats.

We were unable to find Eric’s favorite, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, but it’s on the to-buy list. I’ve heard of it, of course, but I don’t think I ever read it – which is strange, as it’s hard for me to imagine overlooking any story so patently centered around food.


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