henryawefulmistake

Leave the ants be. That is the lesson.

My mom tells me that when I was young, I real­ly real­ly loved books. She tells the­se sto­ries about end­less and gru­el­ing hours try­ing to put me to bed while I insist­ed on “annud­er sto­ryyyyy”. And she likes to men­tion quite often the peri­od of time when I slept with piles of books in my bed. (I have a night­stand now, oth­er­wise I prob­a­bly still would.)

When I was small there were a few books that I would read over and over and over again. David and Dog, by Shirley Hugh­es. (I even named my own stuffed dog “Dog”.) And then there was Henry’s Awful Mis­take by Robert Quack­en­bush, the sto­ry of Hen­ry the duck who acci­den­tal­ly destroyed his WHOLE HOUSE because he was try­ing to kill an elu­sive ant. It was date night too, poor guy.

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This book was a trea­sure to me.

Of course there were a myr­i­ad of oth­er books. piles of them. My mom would take us to the library once a week and I would just go nuts. Which was a prob­lem, because I had a ten­den­cy to lose library books in my mat­tress. I’m pret­ty sure my mom and I com­bined have paid for a whole new wing of the library with our late fines.

Years lat­er when I vol­un­teered at the same library, I found myself  shelv­ing books in the children’s sec­tion and I just… got lost. I found the­se amaz­ing book friends that I hadn’t seen in years and years. Cook­ies and Milk, Alfie Gives a Hand, heck, even the Stinky Cheese Man. I sat myself right down in the children’s sec­tion, at age 17, and just inhaled those books. Oh, the mem­o­ries.

Children’s book week is the per­fect time for you to revis­it your child­hood books. I know that some­times it’s just assumed that this week is for chil­dren, to encour­age them to read and to cel­e­brate kids being kids. But I sug­gest that it is ALSO a time for us adults to return to our child­hood again, to vis­it our old friends like the Giv­ing Tree, the Lorax, and the Beren­stain Bears. They’ve real­ly missed you. Go say hi.

scieszka--stinkycheese

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So, what do you think?