Weekends are my favorite days. Not because there's no work to do, but because we read together as a family. Gates has it appears inherited our love and my parents' love of books.
Recently Gates discovered my library of graphic design and layout inspiration and claimed them as hers. Why would she be interested in this part of my collection of books? The books are children's books and young reader textbooks.
Her current favorite as of yesterday is I CAN FLY (Little Golden Book) (*affiliate link) by Ruth Krauss with pictures by Mary Blair, originally published in 1951 and reissued on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Little Golden Books in 1979. The story is of a little girl's day and all the ways she plays, swimming like a fish, mooing like a cow, walking like a cat, and more.
I originally fell in love with this book, before I had Gates, for its illustrations. I hadn't read the story. (Before letting Gates claim the books, I did read through all of them to ensure the content and graphics were appropriate.) Now I've fallen in love with the story itself.
I can be anything I want to play.
That's my way.
That's my way.
Like many parents I'm constantly looking for stories that teach and that inspire. This story is about play and imagination. But, its message goes deeper than that. The book and story close with "I can play I'm anything that's anything. That's MY way."
We all need a reminder now and then that we can indeed be anything that's anything.
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