I’ve been reading this book a lot lately with my little guy. It’s titled Will You Still Love Me? by Rick Walton.
It’s the story of a boy who approaches his Dad with a series of hypothetical scenarios.
In each scenario he describes a different mistake or poor choice that he might make, then asks his Dad if he will still love him.
Every time his Dad tells him what he will do to help his son learn from his mistakes and have an opportunity to fix them where possible. He tells his son that he might feel disappointed, sad, or he might even panic, but each scenario ends with the words, “I will still love you. I will always love you.”
I love this book. It is well written and illustrated in a way that makes children want to look at it. When my little guy and I have had recent conversations about his behavior, this book has been a good reference point for us when I firmly tell him what is acceptable but also tell him how much I love him. He remembers this book and seems to understand. The other day he watched someone else make a mistake and said to me, “But we still love him, don’t we Mom.”
I smiled at him and said, “Of course.”
Sadly, it’s out of print, but you can still find copies for a good price if you’re interested.
What would you do if you were a fairy who was born without wings?
The heroine of this book is Fia, a fairy who has just that problem. Rejected by her beautiful sisters and the other fairies, her only friends are animals.
That is, until one day she meets a boy fairy and fixes his wing. Little does she know he is the prince.
At the ball Fia is humiliated because she has no wings. She leaves, heartbroken. Minutes later all the fairies are captured by the troll and Fia alone is left. In spite of the unkindness she has suffered at the hands of her people, Fia chooses to try to save them. It takes courage, intellingence and effort, but in the end she is triumphant. She also receives the reward of being appreciated for who she is.
Fairy Wings is a book that reminds us that we may always choose our response. Fia’s choice to answer unkindness with kindness provides a lesson in taking the high road. It is also a reminder that what we look like on the outside is not the measure of who we are. We always enjoy reading this gem, my girls in particular. Unfortunately, it is out of print (too many of the best books are) but you can find used paperback copies for sale here. Hope you enjoy it!
This book was one of the first I fell in love with when, as a young mother, I discovered the world of Children’s Literature.
It is the story of a boy who lives on a farm with his parents and grandparents.
When his Grandpa first saw him, he carved his name on a beam in the barn next to the names of his parents. Eli grows and through the years his parents and grandparents share with him the places they love most on the farm.
His dad teaches him to love the soil and his grandmother teaches him to love the river.
His mother loves the hill.
And now, today the boy sits with his grandpa waiting in the barn for the announcement that his new baby sister is born.
Her name will be carved on the old barn’s beam next to his. He looks forward with eagerness to introducing his little sister to “all the places to love” in their little world.
Reading this lovely book always makes me sigh. MacLachlan’s text is simple but evocative. Wimmer’s illustrations are rich and beautiful. To me, this is more than a story of a boy growing up in the country. It is the story of a boy who is swimming in love, whose life is enriched by an appreciation of simple things. The nurturing of his parents and grandparents have created this for him, and he waits patiently for the opportunity to share simple beauties with his sister. I guess I love what this story implies about the relationships in this boy’s family. They’re the kind of relationships I want to create in my own home. You don’t have to live in the country to enjoy the world around you. You just have to be aware and appreciative. Every time I close this book, I feel more committed to slow down and create more of those moments for my children. It is a book that makes me yearn to be better. And I’ll admit that it also makes me wish a I had an old barn with our names carved on the beam!
If you’ve never read this book, I hope someday you have the opportunity to. You can purchase it here. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll share all of YOUR places to love with your family.