Monday, July 31, 2017

Just So Stories

I don't like reading baby books to the baby. They're so boring. It's stuff like "red, blue, green, yellow...purple!".

So instead, I read her the "Just So Stories" by Rudyard Kipling. I got the idea, after they were mentioned in Matilda. I only knew "The Elephant's Child", growing up. They had a VHS of that story, done by Jack Nicholson. That was the best story of the entire book.

Other good stories were "How the Whale Got His Throat", "How the Camel Got His Hump", "The Beginning of the Armadillos", "The Cat That Walked By Himself" and "The Butterfly That Stamped".

I disliked "The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo"; it wasn't much of a story. As for the others, I'm ambivalent about them. The two stories about Taffy were cute, but "How the Leopard Got His Spots" struck me as vaguely racist. He gets his spots from a black person touching him; the idea being that someone touched their fingerprints all over a leopard, and their fingerprints left several groups of five spots.


Anonymous said...

Try reading

Dear Peter Rabbit

by Alma Flor Ada, Leslie Tryon (Illustrator)

It's the most beautifully illustrated and cleverly written children's book.

Ashton Smith said...

Some of Sandra Boynton's books are good. We've done Angelina Ballerina and Madeline too. Eric Carle has a lot of board books that are fun. Or there are the Dr Seuss books that are like shortened versions of the regular books he had done.

Meg s said...

I read online today that there are plans to make a Sweet Valley High movie!