Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love Stories for Little Ones

Long ago when we had just one little boy, storytime sometimes
morphed into readers' theatre. Perhaps because our little boy had autism, we soon had permanent roles in one or two stories. 
The one I remember best is Kiss Goodnight by Amy Hest.
This story of a little bear going to sleep in a house on Mulberry Street had the three of us cuddled and cozy with Daddy as the narrator and myself as Momma Bear and The Wind.
I remember I didn't always want to stop everything to be part of this
(foolish me) but I always did (I'm not completely stupid).
Another one that tugged at my heart strings and that I was permitted to read to him on my own was Love Songs of the Little Bear, forgotten lyrics by Margaret Wise Brown (author of Goodnight Moon) rescued from obscurity by illustrator Susan Jeffers with words and pictures of gentle sweetness.
"Long time will I love you, never, never go away."
Happy Valentine's Day to you and your sweethearts,
-Spectrum Mom

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