How long has it been since you’ve read this book?
Well it had been some time for me, until recently. (And for those of you on Pinterest, you probably already know why.) But we’ll get to that in a minute.
I love this book.
Maybe as much as my all-time favorite Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax.
It’s positive and encouraging and has that you-can-do-anything-you-set-your-mind-to message….but it’s also realistic and talks about a wide variety of challenges and stumbling blocks along the way…
The Library of Congress summary for this book is: Advice in rhyme for proceeding in life; weathering fear, loneliness, and confusion; and being in charge of your own actions.
Sounds a little like parenting, no? Though it’s my husband who is usually in charge of the rhyming department.
So why am I talking about a decades-old children’s book?
Because this year I sent a copy of this book to my sons’ schools and asked their teachers to please write something in them. I planned to do a cute little instruction tag for them, but maybe next year. This year I just wrote on the envelope…
Do you have any idea what happens when you do this?? Well, for starters, you better be stocked up on Kleenex. Seriously.
They say the most amazing things…things I know I would have never heard, never known. And definitely things no one would remember in 11 or 12 years. And also the book starts to look really cool…
different page choices…and handwriting…
and even stickers…
(Lincoln is in a Spanish immersion program…so I guess he better be able to still read Spanish when he’s 18 otherwise he’ll never know what his Kindergarten teacher had to say!)
Some were thoughtful about page choice, wrote on top of illustrations…
…but mostly they just made a mom cry. The good kind.
I found myself thinking about my own lifetime of teachers…geez, I don’t even know how many that would be. Some of them I’m sure I couldn’t even remember. But I can hardly wait for the boys to get to see these books…to read these amazing, generous things people said about them. (I know, I know, I have to wait, like more than a decade…and I don’t really want it to go fast…and these books will just keep getting better and better…but still, I can hardly wait.)
“Kid, you’ll move mountains!”
I love that.
So, if you have kids in school…it doesn’t matter how old they are…I highly recommend this little project.
“Your mountain is waiting.” (sigh) Can you tell how much I’m going to cry at high school graduations?
Thank you, Pinterest, for this little gem. Such a great idea!