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"If you want children to speak and write good language, then they need to hear beautiful language in their stories."  ~ Gladys Hunt (Honey For A Child's Heart)

This quote resonates for me and I totally believe it.  We must read good, quality books to our children filled with beautiful language.  I choose the books I read to my son very carefully.  That's not to say he doesn't get to pick a few out on his own at the library and some are bound to be simplistic language because, at age 3, face it - he's judging books by the covers and the bright illustrations and characters - not always quality.  Don't get me wrong.  I think those books are important too because they add to his imagination and capture his interest - but they are not the quality books I would select.  My favorites are  the classics: Beatrix Potter and A. A. Milne are major examples~ we read from these several times a week at least!

My time spent learning the ins and outs of the current children's writing business though fill me with anxiety at times when I read that current trends in publishing say that most editors will not accept anything over a 500 word count for a picture book.   What would Beatrix Potter, A. A. Milne and Elizabeth Wilson (author of my favorite childhood picture book - The Causal Observer) have done with such a limitation to their word count?  How does one write such a sweet tale full of beautiful language with such a limit?  It's frustrating.... but I shall persevere!  (but would also love some encouragement!)

Random Thoughts on a Saturday:

  • This is day 6 of our Whole30....not too bad so far...except grocery shopping (everyone walking around with their Lattes!) and I miss my chocolate.... 🙁
  • I need to do better at Freezer Cooking (cooking in batches and freezing a few so as to save kitchen time).
  • All this time writing is starting to have its toll on my house....  more clutter, more things left unfinished...  ;(
  • I am proud that today marks my 177th post!  Thank you to all my faithful followers and to all my new ones too!
  • I'm doing well with my Lenten Reading and am looking forward to the first Pre-sanctified Liturgy this upcoming Wednesday.  How are you doing with your Lenten Season?
  • I am looking forward to SUNSHINE and Spring Flowers!  Who is with me?

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"As parents we are concerned about building whole people- people who are alive emotionally, spiritually, intellectually.  The instruction to train up a child in the way he should go has enormous dimensions.  It is to teach a child to think, to influence character, to give high ideals, and to encourage integrity.  It is to provide largeness of thoughts, creative thinking, imaginative wondering."  ~ Gladys Hunt in Honey For A Child's Heart

I am reading Gladys' book Honey For A Child's Heart.  It's a wonderful guide for parents to assist in finding quality books for their children.  I am only part way into the book and yet I can tell that Gladys shares my zeal for the importance of reading to children and what quality literature can offer to the child.

The above quote struck me as truly of utmost importance.  I think that too often in this hustle and bustle focused on earthly cares world in which we live, we as a society miss what is important in the training up of a child.  We forget that it does include teaching the child to think and that emotionality and spirituality are IMPORTANT! Indeed, I deem these things, especially faith and spirituality, to be the MOST important.  When one reaches the end of one's life - be it at age 89 or 9, it does not matter what one gained academically, what job title you held or how much money you made- it only matter's what one gained in life on an emotional and spiritual level which one applied to their relationship to God that is of the utmost importance.

Quality books are  part of  this training.  A quality book can be the gateway into more wonder and beauty in a child's world.  Books give a child a very large view of the world and can fill a life with truth and goodness.  It opens the door to experience and gets their ideas flowing!  Offer your child a quality living book today...read it with them...talk about it.  If you don't have any children at home, be your own child 🙂

Random Thoughts For Saturday:

  • Beatrix Potter books and A. A. Milne Books should be read to every child!  You don't recognize the authors?  Tsk. Tsk.  Silly Old Bear!  None other than Peter Rabbit and Winnie-The-Pooh
  • Life is short....enjoy chocolate!
  • Do the right thing....because it's the right thing.
  • Just how on earth do you fold a fitted sheet?  I've watched videos...they make it look so easy...but how on earth do you really do it without it taking up a great deal of time?  LOL
  • My husband is the best husband imaginable... I know I'm biased...but...IT'S TRUE  🙂