I’m not sure if I mentioned this before, but my son seems to love Patricia Polacco. I personally think these books are a little old for him, but he actually requests them. It is true that he often falls asleep in the middle of the story, but he eventually makes it all the way to the end. I try to read one book before bed that is longer/more advanced. His fascination with Patricia Polacco started when we read An Orange for Frankie, which is a wonderful Christmas story. It’s about a family that lives in Michigan and they are all waiting for their father to return from the city with oranges for Christmas. A train line runs by the end of their property and the family makes breakfast for the conductor and a band of hobos that ride the train. I don’t want to give away the story (I cried the first two times I read it) but it is a wonderful story to read at Christmas, because it really takes the fizz out of our commercial Christmas celebrations. Anyway, I was surprised when my son kept wanting to read that one over and over, so I’ve continued bringing different Polacco books home and he seems to love them all. The illustrations are great and the stories are always nice. She often takes material from her own life or from family stories. Babushka’s Mother Goose, Something About Hensley’s, The Bee Tree and Enzo’s Splendid Gardens are the other books we’ve read and enjoyed. I loved this quote from The Bee Tree:
[Grandpa] spooned the honey onto the cover of one of her books. “Taste,” he said, almost in a whisper.
Mary Ellen savored the honey on her book.
“There is such sweetness inside of that book too!” He said thoughtfully. “Such things…adventure, knowledge and wisdom. But these things do not come easily. You have to pursue them. Just like we ran after the bees to find their tree, so must you also chase these things through the pages of a book!