Saturday, February 2, 2013
VELVETEEN RABBIT written by Margery Williams with illustrations by William Nicholson is the poignant, heart-warming and touching story of a toy, sawdust-filled rabbit who wishes with all his heart and in the end, discovers how, to to become real. He learns and we are reminded that love makes us real. As Myra and I shared this beautiful story we identified with the wise and shabby Skin Horse. We too, through the long and painful process have become real.
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THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT is a popular British nursery rhyme and cumulative tale. I enjoyed reading the words I remembered from my childhood and the illustrations of Randolph Caldecott the British artist and eponym of the Caldecott Medal. The rhyme does not tell the story of Jack's house, or even of Jack who built the house, but instead shows how the house is indirectly linked to things and people including "The Man all tattered and torn" that kissed the "Maiden all forlorn" and other characters and events.
On the back cover of the book, I enjoyed reading a brief bio on Mr Caldecott. I had seen the Caldecott Medal on many of the books included in our 1001 Children's Books. It was fun to make the connection to the eponym of this prestigious award.
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