On Sunday my sister-in-law was going on about trying to control the chipmunks in her backyard and all I could think of was Chippy Chipmunk Parties in the Garden by Kathy M. Miller.
I often find myself feeling a bit like Kevin Henkes’ Lily if I am engrossed in a conversation or experiencing something wonderful and all I can say is, “Wow.”
When you are familiar with a number of picture books, lots of things can bring them to mind. They get in your head and almost become a part of you. When my son, Brian, was little he had a favorite bedtime book called The Penguin That Hated the Cold by Barbara Brenner. There was a repeating line in the book that went something like – It’s silly to be chilly. I will go someplace where I can be warm. Years later, Brian had to decide between two colleges. Both had the program he was interested in and both accepted him, but one was in Miami and the other was in Boston. You guessed it, it was not a hard decision for Brian. He simply turned to us and said, “It’s silly to be chilly.”
Picture books can explain a lot.