Quote of the day!
"If a book is well written I always find it too short."
- Jane Austen
Title: The Clever Stick
Author/Illustrator: John Lechner
Who would believe that an ordinary, unassuming stick could become the main character in a children's storybook? This creative, uplifting fable is perfect to share with your kids. Lechner's words and story are lyrical and feel just like a modern day fairytale. It is a wonderful read- aloud to share together.
The author writes: " Ever since he had fallen off the tree, he had been sharp. (that line got my attention right away, yes, a smart stick). He would sit in the sand and think up all sorts of clever things. He would float down the stream, making up poetry. He would listen to the singing of the birds and wonder what made it sound so beautiful." Stick was very observant, but his problem was he had no voice, he was mute, therefore he could not communicate with those around him much to his chagrin.
Lechner proposes a brilliant solution for Stick, allotting him not only to discover his voice but to discover a deeper meaning to his life by being able to leave his mark on his world. The artwork is subdued and beautifully done. The book has many ideas and opportunities for you to discuss the importance of self-expression and the value of communicating and writing. You can also explore the significance of flexibility and providence. It encourages kids to enhance their gifts and talents and to have fun with the possibilities. It is a perfect book for the beach or for a snowy day...read... then introduce your child to his/her personal voice stick and have your child playfully respond to his/her world by writing in the sand or on the snow. Highly recommended.
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Have a great day!