School started this week. I decided I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions very well. So I’m doing New School Year’s Resolutions. ML and and I selected three chapter books we would read together this summer. We didn’t read any of them. I don’t think we even read a picture book together. One of my resolutions is getting back to our reading time. Another is cooking something on the weekend for Monday night; so I don’t have my usual after work scramble. Every year ML gets a new responsibility. Last year, it was packing her lunch. This year, it’s folding and putting away her laundry.
Reality set in and I returned the books we planned to read this summer weeks ago. I’m waiting for one of them to arrive at my library. However, I wanted us to start school on the right foot. Laundry is folded and put away. Dinner is ready for tomorrow night. This left the reading resolution. I didn’t want to start a chapter book; so I looked through my pile of picture books from the library. Steamboat School: Inspired by a True Story by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Ron Husband was sitting there waiting to be read.
I’m not giving a summary of this book because I want you to discover the beauty of the loophole yourself. Often, when people talk about loopholes it’s because someone is greedy. The loophole highlighted in this book is selflessness at it’s purest.