For those of you planning your Tapestry of Grace Year 1 materials, or for those of you looking for a great creation vs. evolution introduction, I found this podcast reading of the rare out-of-print book Yellow and Pink by William Steig.
I really like Steig’s children stories, from Dr. Desoto to Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. So I was very disappointed when I realized how hard it was to find Yellow and Pink, and how expensive it was once I did find it (because it is out-of-print). The story is a conversation between two puppets who have been laid out on a piece of newspaper for their paint to dry. The two puppets discuss how they got there. Do they have a designer or did they just happen by chance? It’s a great introduction and conversation starter to introduce this discussion to younger children. I really, REALLY wanted to be able to use it.
I did find a copy at a library about an hour away and considered traveling there just to read the copy to my children—in the library, without a library card! But I tried Google first and found this podcast reading instead.
Yellow And Pink – Frederica Here and Now – Ancient Faith Radio.
I don’t prefer her commentary, but if you stop right after she finishes the reading you can still enjoy the story. Or, search for a library near you that has the book and plan a field trip. I still haven’t ruled that out myself!
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I was first introduced to the author William Steig with Dr. Desoto books (which I’ll probably rave about at some point I’m sure). I like his wit and humor and his sneaky way of teaching valuable lessons. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is just such a book.
Sylvester the donkey finds a magic pebble that grants his wishes. On the way to tell his parents about his find, he encounters a lion and, frightened and flustered by the encounter, quickly wishes that he were a rock. Only once he became a rock, he realized there was no way to pick up the pebble and wish to be himself again. His mom and dad miss him terribly, and no one can figure out what happened to him. When spring comes around once more, his parents decide to go on a picnic in an attempt to cheer up, but even on the picnic, all they can think about is poor Sylvester—how much he would have liked the picnic, how much he would have liked a particular pebble. His mom sets the pebble on top of the rock they are using for a picnic table. Sylvester, unaware that the pebble is his magic pebble, wishes (as he has many times before) to be himself. Only this time, his wish is granted! As the family joyfully hugs and listens to Sylvester’s tale of his magic pebble, they all realize there is absolutely nothing more they could wish for.
It’s a lesson I am continually working on with my children: to be happy with what they have, to not continually wish for what they do not have.
What books have you used to reinforce your character lessons?
Talk about a fun book to read aloud to your kids! The Flea’s Sneeze has everything I love in a read-aloud: rhythm and rhyme, humor, and a good storyline.
I could tell from the very first page that this book was a favorite. We read it three times in a row in the first sitting, and I woke up the next morning to the sound of my son reading it to his sister, complete with the nasally last line: “I dink I godda sdeeze!” I giggled even after reading it 20 jillion times. To see my kids so tickled with certain lines in the book, to hear them quoting it through the house—it made my book-loving heart flutter every time. This book was a treasure, so much so that we renewed it just so we could read and giggle a few trillion times more.
What book has had you giggling with your kids lately?