Saturday, August 6, 2011

My Favorite Book: 30 Days About Me

30 Days About Me is sponsored by A Daily Dose of Toni.

I don't know what this says about me, but the majority of my favorite books are kids or young adult books. Hmmm. Will have to think about that one.

I've said it before and I'll say it again; this book transported me. The love in this book . . . and the chemistry that just leaps off of the page . . . and then there's that loneliness of both Henry and Clare because of a freak condition that Henry can't control . . . and the lifetime that Clare experiences with Henry . . . and the last visit (ahhh, that last visit, so perfect).

I loved this book when I was a kid because it's this cool little fantasy book about this alien Prince. But then, like all people who read this book as a child, I read it again as an adult and was completely blown away by the morality and the message. A forever book.

"One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes."

Of all of Dr. Seusses books, why this one? Because "a person is a person, no matter how small" and "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind". Nugget upon nugget about life and feeling in this book.

Forever my favorite poet. She appeals to the melancholic, want to hide away side of myself while still seeing the beauty that is around her.


"Hope" is the thing with feathers-
That perches in the soul-
And sings the tune without the words-
And never stops-at all-

The sweetest-in the Gale-is heard
And sore must be the storm-
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm-

I've heard it in the chillest land-
And on the strangest Sea-
Yet, never, in Extremity-
It asked a thing-of Me.

The perfect little fantasy. His cruel aunts get squished, he makes friends with giant bugs, they tether thousands of seagulls to their peach, fly across the sea, and land in Central Park, where the kids eat the outside of the delicious peach and James live in the pit to this day.

No one ever wrote poems that so completely capture how children really feel. And in such a funny way. "Nobody" is my favorite, but "Little Abigail and The Beautiful Pony" makes me smile every time. A classic.

Who was taking a drive
Through the country
With her parents
When she spied a beautiful sad-eyed
Grey and white pony.
And next to it was a sign
That said,
“Oh,” said Abigail,
“May I have that pony?
May I please?
And her parents said,
“No you may not.”
And Abigail said,
“But I MUST have that pony.”
And her parents said,
“Well, you can have a nice butter pecan
Ice cream cone when we get home."And Abigail said,“I don’t want a butter pecan
Ice cream cone,
And her parents said,
“Be quiet and stop nagging—You’re not getting that pony.”
And Abigail began to cry and said,
“If I don’t get that pony I’ll die.”
And her parents said,
“You won’t die
.No child ever died yet from not getting a pony.”
And Abigail felt so bad
That when she got home
she went to bed,
And she couldn’t eat,
And she couldn’t sleep,
And her heart was broken,
And she DID die—
All because of a pony
That her parents wouldn’t buy.

(This is a good story
To read to your folks
When they won’t buy
You something you want.)

A book that I had forever and when I read it, it blew me totally away. Completely puts God's grace into perspective and helps us understand the brilliant gift we have been given and must share with others.

I love Sesame Street, and this is just the cutest book ever. That's all.

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