11.4.15

Some Lines from Some Very Good Children's Books




"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. 
That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, 
or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. 
Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off,
and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. 
But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly,
except to those who don't understand."
(a classic story with a classic message)

Throughout his life -- and he lived a very long life indeed --
Simon never forgot the lesson he had learned as a humble musician:
a true and brave heart can find a way, if it will only trust in all the wonders under God's canopy.
(What happens when one searches with all his heart and all of his faith.)

And when she was done with the telling, she said gently, 
"Can you not recall him now, Father? Can you not see his face? Can you not hear his voice?"
Tarik nodded through his tears, and for the first time since Hamed had been gone, he smiled.
"Now you see," Nadia said, her tone more gentle than the softest of desert breezes, 
"there is a way that Hamed can be with us still. 
~ Nadia the Willful by Sue Alexander
(A young girl -- sensitive and wise beyond her years -- 
teaches her father and their tribe 
to cope with the death of her older brother, who was loved and respected by all)

Walking along, he played so expressive a tune on his flute 
that those who heard it understood its message.
It told of people's troubles, but it also told of great joy, and hope to come, for all mankind.
(a most beautiful Christmas story)

Here's to reading, its pleasures, and its rewards!

1 comment:

  1. Great choices. I think the Velveteen Rabbit is my favorite (if I had to choose from these).
    Wonderful.
    Hope you are well.
    Em

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