Posts Tagged ‘children’s books’

Words of Wisdom from Dr. Seuss

Monday, December 8th, 2008

… It started in low, then it started to grow

But this, this sound wasn’t sad. What, this sound sounded glad

Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small, was singing without any presents at all

He hadn’t stopped Christmas from coming, it came. Somehow or other, it came just the same…

… He paused, and the Grinch put a hand to his ear

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?

It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.

And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

Well, what happened then, well in Who-ville they say,

that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day…

- From How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Out of the Mouths of Babes - Books Sweet Books

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Kids do indeed say the darnest things, don’t they?! “Out of the Mouths of Babes” will be a regular column on our blog. This is a place where Chinaberry customers and employees alike can share the amusing things that the kids in their lives have said.

The “kid quotes” can be funny, profound, strange, silly, insightful, loving, angry (I heard the not-so-original “I’m running away & never coming back” this last weekend), thoughtful, sad, touching, etc.

Please include the child’s first name and age at the time of the quote. Feel free to add a sentence or two to explain what was happening when the child said “it.” Photos of the child are also welcome.

Our first quote was sent to me by Sheila at Chinaberry:

“Books to me are like bags of chocolate. You put them in front of me and I read them all.”
– One of Sheila’s sons (he prefers to remain “anonymous”), at age 7 1/2

This was when he was realizing how much he loved reading — little did he know his mom would one day work at Chinaberry!

How a Special Book Helped Our Family

Friday, November 14th, 2008

I wanted to share my story of the impact a Chinaberry book had on my family. (I originally wrote this in autumn 2005–we still love reading this book.) Please share your story of a Chinaberry book that has touched your family’s lives.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

I am a new single-mom who recently adopted twin 3-year-old girls. Due to their background, the newness of our family, and their age, my daughters were having a lot of trouble separating from me when I would take them to preschool, at bedtime, etc. It filled me with sadness when I would see their surprised looks when I came to pick them up from preschool and they would ask me “You came back to get us?” I was looking for books that could help them feel reassured that this Mommy will always love them, take care of them & come back for them.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn was the perfect book to help illustrate that point. At every separation (and any other time they wanted), I would give them a kiss on the hand, ask them to put their hand on the side of their face, and repeat “Mommy loves me.” It sounds so simple, yet it really works. Now, several months later, I am happy to say that the girls are still happy to see me after work, but never surprised. The Kissing Hand book and concept have really helped the girls feel/sense my love for them during the school day & even throughout their sleep. (They also like to give me a “kissing hand” so I can remember how much they love me.)