Ages ago, my father bought a beautiful book that my brother and I read repeatedly. It was an adorable story about a donkey who felt his ears were too big. I remember reading it over and over again as a kid. The story is beautifully written, sweet and simple, but also the artwork is so rustic and charming.
It went to some other sweet child eventually when my brother and I outgrew it, but it was something I remembered as a pleasant memory, along with some other cherished children’s books. But of course, I didn’t expect it to come back into my life.
And then, I went to a secondhand store and found a copy of the same book. I was thrilled! I got to save it and share it with my own sweet darlings. I have read it to them a dozen times since I got it and I will happily read it to them again, until I put it in a box with some other cherished stories for my future grandchildren.
The book was called Donkey-Donkey and it was written by Roger Duvoisin. Roger’s artwork is so simplistic and warm, and his stories are worded in a way that they give a great lesson, but are also challenging and captivating. They are delightful, wonderful stories.
Since I have rediscovered his works, I have also had a chance to pick up some of his other books. Petunia is a funny little story about a proud little goose who gets the wrong impression about the value of books. And Veronica is a sweet story about a hippo who learns the wrong way of being conspicuous.
The more I invest and learn about living books, the more I find myself reminising about the wonderful stories I grew up with and I am thrilled that I have the chances to share these stories with my children. I love them and the sparkle in my daughter’s eyes when she hears me reading them to her. I now know what my mother experienced reading our stories to us as children.
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