Tomorrow marks the 12th anniversary since my mom passed away. This week my story time theme is Yellow in memory of her. Yellow was her favorite color and describes her disposition best – always optimistic. She taught me to read, be kind to others and make lemonade out of lemons.
It’s hard to believe she’s been gone more than a quarter of my life. Her nurturing and love during my first thirty years helped shape who I am. Tomorrow, ML and I celebrate her 7th birthday at Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Broadway Production. I’ll tell ML how much Grandma Nell loved to “see shows.” How I wish she could join us. It’s fitting Belle wears yellow and loves to read.
Mom wouldn’t want me to end on a sad note. So here’s a book I shared this week – Gladys Goes Out to Lunch by Derek Anderson. Gladys is a gorilla that follows her nose out of the gates of the zoo and around the city looking for what smells so sweet and yummy. Finally, she finds the source – a loaf of banana bread. Another of Mom’s expertise – banana bread. Actually, everything she cooked was yummy. Except for the salt brownies. But that’s a story for another day.
Last week, a father asked for picture books about race cars. I only found one on the shelf and very few in the library system.
The dad was happy with the one I found, Hot Rod Hamster! by Cynthia Lord and illustrated by Derek Anderson. Our interaction left me wondering why so few? A large portion of children are interested in race cars. Authors, illustrators and publishers need to step up to the plate.
In the meantime, enjoy our favorite car books. The rhythmic and rhyming text in The Srubbly-Bubbly Car Wash by Irene O’Garden and illustrated by Cynthia Jabar is fun to read. I dare you to say clickety-clackety, rattley-rackety, drippity-droppity, boottom-to-toppity, lathery-blathery, scrubbly-bubbly CAR WASH. . .ten times fast.
Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root and illustrated by Jill Barton is one of my go to’s when I need to read to a crowd of all ages. “chocolate marshmallow fudge delight” keeps this car moving. Without it, there wouldn’t be a way to replace the flat tire with a beach ball or the floorboard with a surf board.