I was originally going to do a post on progress on Brett’s Blogathon which takes place on this site on July 27th but I somehow managed to delete everything. Rather than try and re-write it, I’m going to focus on the books I’d read to Brett instead.
A Saint and His Lion: The Story of Tekla of Ethiopia by Elaine Murray Stone. Tekla is crippled when a tree falls on him. He desires to be a priest and on his journey to the monastery, he helps a wounded lion. The lion later spares Tekla’s life and invites him to mount on his back. The two set off to convert the Galla tribesman of Ethopia. I’m into hagiographies (saints’ lives) but this might be good because it shows that even those with disabilities can do amazing things.
Wee Sing Bible Songs. Music is the easiest way to learn material and if Brett hasn’t been exposed to the faith, this would be an easy way to do this.
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola. I don’t think anyone of my generation hasn’t heard this book read. She is a sorceress and she has a magic pasta pot that her assistant attempts to use with disasterous results. This book is just a few months older than I am so I think everyone 30 and younger *has* heard it.
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola. I’m Irish-American so Patrick holds a special place in my heart. He actually even figures into my senior comps paper from college. I’d want to read this story to Brett because I’d want him to know the story of a boy who left his homeland and changed the world.
The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie dePaola. There is no moral or catechizing purpose in me choosing this book other than it was written by Tomie dePaola. It just looks fun and from the synopsis on Amazon.Com, it looks like it would be silly.
My Five Senses by Aliki. I would read this to Brett so he could learn how to tell me what he sees/hears/smells/feels/tastes. Knowing how to communicate these things would be essential.
Never Tease a Weasel by Jean Condor Soule. I still have the beginning rhyme memorized: “Never tease a weasel/This is good advice/For the weasel will not like it/And teasing isn’t nice.” It’s always a good idea to teach children to be nice to animals.
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