We loved books though I can only remember a few favorites: Mc Elligot’s Pool, One Fish Two Fish, Where the Wild Things Are. Then together we read The Search for Delicious one of our first chapter books. I remember my son Ryan’s first book report on My Brother Sam is Dead, a Revolutionary War story — 5th grade maybe? It had quite an impact on him and he was so proud of his paper and carefully drawn cover page.
I don’t recall too many books about feelings, except mother’s love. A favorite was Love You Forever. Though I couldn’t read it out loud without tearing up.
But if I were to do it over again our favorite family book would be My Many Colored Days by Dr. Suess.
Here’s what I imagine: reading it every day, eventually eliciting an excited response with the yellow “wheeeee I’m a busy, busy bee” page, and a scowl with the black day; “mad and loud I howl and growl at every cloud”. Or, a smile with happy pink; a day to “run and just not think”.
Then as they get older, I would start the day with the question, “What color will your day be today?” Then at dinner or bedtime, “What color was your day today?”
Of course, in a perfect world, it would spark a calm, open, moment of sharing. Parent and child would end the day in harmony and all would be right with the world…….hmmm. Yikes! Wake up Betsy!!!
Well, it’s still a great book. I always read it at my groups. Babies are entertained and grown ups reflect on their day.