Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cranney Classic: Savitri and My Princess Treasury

I'm raising the boys to be romantics.  What can I say?  I want grandchildren.   Thus it's very convenient that the most requested book of both Christian and Simeon happens to be: 

I'm not sure what will happen when they go to school and realize that most boys wouldn't be caught dead reading a bright pink book about princesses, but thanks to their grappling skills from their dad, I don't think too many kids will dare tease too bad.  Honestly some of the stories are better than others and I worry about too many stories that focus simply on finding the right one and not being the right one, but it's nice to have a collection of so many fun tales. 

That said, if you're looking for a true romance, a classic that celebrates woman, man, family relationships and the blessing of children, Savitri retold by Aaron Shepard and illustrated by Vera Rosenberry is a must.  The boys were enraptured with this as was I.


Sunday, April 5, 2015

A New Cranney Classic: Pippi Longstocking

I remember seeing one portrayal of Pippi Longstocking in some tv show or cartoon once when I was a kid and had no interest.  But when the boys found it at the library with illustrations by Lauren Child, we brought it home.  It was an instant success!  Simeon is still too young for some of the humor, but will listen and loves the illustrations--but Christian adores it. We finished it easily within three days and now he's begging for the second and third books.  So creative, fresh, and magical.