The problem with your children getting older is that it gets harder and harder to exercise total control over what they are reading. This was brought home the other day when my six-year old won a book from the library because she is participating in TD’s Summer Reading Club. Her reaction (after she stopped jumping up and down and squealing) was “you aren’t going to control what type of book I get are you?”
She knows me too well.
I agreed she was allowed to pick out whatever she wanted from the book cart of prize books and, in a move I’m sure was designed to give me the proverbial finger, she picked out a Dora the Explorer book.
*Insert eye-roll here*
Still, at least she is reading, right? And at least I still have some say in what they are reading because I still get to pick out books at the library too.
The other day we found this gem:
Today, Maybe is a fairytale by Dominique Demers and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard. This book is lovely. Truly. It’s about a little girl who decides to stay little forever and is waiting for someone. She isn’t sure who she is waiting for but she is certain in her belief that she is where she needs to be – and she defends her decision time and time again. Who wouldn’t love a little girl who “knew how to get by on her own. She knew how to make tea and bread and jam.” (Really, what else do you need?)
When The Prince inevitably shows up and falls in love with her (it is a fairytale after all) she kindly sends him away because he is not who she is waiting for.
Grimard’s illustrations are exquisite and mystical. I want to live in them. I want to dress like the little girl (although I doubt I could pull it off). This book is a translation (by award-winning translator Sheila Fischman no less) but I doubt it loses any of it’s beauty in the translation. Of course, if you are a true bilingual Canadian (I am not) you can read it in both French and English.
No Spanish version though, sorry Dora.