Another book, this time from my childhood. How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen, by Russel Hoban and Illustrated by Quentin Blake. Very British, a boy who likes to fool around tries to avoid mutton and cabbage sog and reading off pages of the nautical almanac. I read it to my kids, you should read it to yours.
Having young children I get the opportunity to read many different picture books. It’s a different experience then a book of only words, there’s a simplicity of story that I find I like. It’s like a storyteller sitting round the fire.
When I Was Eight, by Christy Jordan-Fenton (Author), Margaret Pokiak-Fenton (Author), Gabrielle Grimard (Illustrator) is a compelling story that you should read, too. There is so much wrapped up in this book. A bit of history, witnessing the cruelty of colonization, the magic of thoughts & words, and a triumph over adversity.
This is a piece of culture that I would like to see continue on. I hope that you will share this book with your children. It’s available at my local library, probably yours too.