Saturday, August 02, 2008

Because it's difficult to catch/ And excited sort of beetle you've mistaken for a match

I've collected a few poetry books for Donovan already, as I really enjoy reading them to him-- the flow of the language and rhymes is beautiful and so pleasing to the ear (same reason I've been loving reading Dr Seuss to him, too), and poems tend to be short enough so that I can read to him just one or 2, or several depending on his mood (as opposed to starting a story and not being able to finish it-- which I know means nothing to him yet, but it's nice to finish a story you start reading, isn't it?). As I've read through the poems I've found that many of my favorites were written by A.A. Milne, so I made a mental note to myself to look for poetry books written by him. Of course, I haven't actually done anything towards that goal...

Then today we went into town to Les Recyclables, as both Cristina and Zach have been wanting to buy some more French language literature, and lo and behold I found used copies of When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, each for 5chf. I snagged them both. I've been having fun reading through them myself, and will have to select some favorites to share with D. It's funny, I've been hesitant to get anything Winnie the Pooh for D, as Pooh gets kinda overused as a cliche for anything childhood related. But I may need to go back and read some of the original stories and give them another chance. Stands to reason if I like the poetry so much, I may enjoy the stories, too.

Zach leaves tomorrow morning, to spend 2 weeks in California. Sucks, but it'll be 2 weeks and then it'll be over. And he gets to visit baby Sophia. =) One of our other friends' daughter is having her 1st birthday party there the day after Zach leaves to come back here, kind of a shame, but we'll be around for birthday parties and playdates soon enough.


  1. There is a reason Winnie-the-Pooh became an immediate hit when published in 1926 and remains one of the best selling children's books in history. It is quite simply very, very good. (Just avoid the Disney version!)

    I treasure my first edition copy of Winnie-the-Pooh which I found a few years ago while browsing used bookstores in London. And eventually I will pass it on to my child, but not until he is old enough to understand how special a first edition copy is!

  2. My mom told me once that when she was little she loved the Pooh books. For Christmas a couple years ago I found three hardcover books (The House At Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, Now We Are 6) at a half priced bookstore and I got her them for Christmas. She didn't expect it at all and she's not one for nostalgic gifts, but she paused and looked at them and I could all but see the memories of her childhood it brought back.



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