Second, one of my critique partners, Megan K. Bickel (The Write-At-Home Mom), is hosting the My Favorite Picture Book Blogfest today. Even if you don't write picture books, you've read them. You may read them to your kids every night, or at the very least you remember important ones from your childhood.
My absolute, all-time favorite picture book is The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss.
Why do I love it? I love the way the words roll off my tongue to reveal the way our actions impact the world around us. Little things we don't stop to consider.
"Look Lorax," I said. "There's no cause for alarm.And yet our actions build to have an ever-greater impact on the world around us. The Lorax creates a fictional account of something that affects every single person every single day.
I chopped just one tree. I am doing no harm...."
I read this book to my students (I teach at the university level) because the message is so profound. We take just a little more each day, whittling away at the resources nature has provided us, and the slow destruction is difficult to see.
And at that very moment, we heard a loud whack!That's what happened to a thriving society on Easter Island, and now we know them only by giant stone heads, the Easter Island equivalent of gigantic thneed factories.
From outside in the fields came a sickening smack
of an axe on a tree. Then we heard the tree fall.
The very last Truffula Tree of them all!
Dr. Seuss was way ahead of the curve in terms of environmentalism. He published The Lorax in 1971.
What about you? What was (or is) your favorite picture book?
And head on over to The Write-At-Home Mom to see the other entries. (I'll do that when I get home on Sunday.)