The Week In Books, No. 44B – Hannah’s Edition

Here are a few more books we really love for kids:

Blueberries for Sal is one of my absolute favorite children’s books. Robert McCloskey’s illustrations are great, and the text is interesting for children and adults. Hannah loves books having to do with bears, which also makes this a winner, since the story line involves Little Sal and Little Bear getting their mothers mixed up. Also, Sal’s blueberries go into her little tin pail with a “Kuplink! Kuplank! Kuplunk!” and Hannah likes those sounds. Now when she drops something she shouts, “Kuplink!” Also Little Sal’s hair is all crazy like Hannah’s and I think that’s funny. Our copy of the book is pretty old, as the inscription says “To Catherine From Her Aunt Fran” and the whole book is held together with tape of differing vintages.

All of the books in Russel Hoban’s Frances series are great. I think Frances and her family are supposed to be badgers, but of course Hannah thinks they are bears. She refers to all of the books as “Fah-siss” but differentiates in interesting ways. For example, A Bargain for Frances is called “Fah-siss Tea Set” and Bread and Jam for Frances
is called “Fah-siss an’ da OGGS.” Oggs are Hannahspeak for eggs, and in the beginning of “Bread and Jam For Frances” the family is eating soft boiled eggs for breakfast. Anyway, the books are great, with funny little songs and good themes.

My middle name is Hooper, which is probably why I got Hooper Humperdink…? Not Him!
as a kid. If you get it, make sure you get the version illustrated by Charles E. Martin, because it’s the better one. I ganked this picture off of a closed Ebay listing, because Amazon and B&N only have the newer versions illustrated by some other guy. Anyway, this is a good ABC book, and has darling pictures, and is about how it’s not nice to exclude people from birthday parties, even if they are party poopers. Hannah calls this book a word that sort of sounds like “Hoo-papa-deek.”

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