Friday, May 24, 2013

The Children Who Loved Books, by Peter Carnavas

If you are a book lover, then you will likely love this book too. (After all, you just love books so why not this one also?)

The Children Who Loved Books, by Peter Carnavas tells us the story of a family who didn't have much in the way of possessions. However, they did have tons and tons and tons and tons of books. They were quite happy and got along with one another very well. Then, one day, for some strangely inexplicable reason, they got rid of all of their books. Then they were sad, as they should be. (I'm incredibly sympathetic as you can clearly see. They made a bad choice.) Then, one day, the daughter picks up a book and the family is reminded of the value and wonder of a terrifically good story. The book draws them together again and they realize that books are a necessity to life. (They go to the library, saving space in their tiny home but still being able to read. A happy compromise. Except I still would rather a full house of a books than one overdue library book. Call me crazy.)

My kids love this book. And I'm not saying that's because our house is so full of books that they are used to prop up furniture. (Said books may be under the furniture and on it, but they are not being used to prop anything. That would break the spines.) The story is familiar and that's why we all like it. Books are everywhere in our house and I intend that they remain so.

Our secondary reason for liking this book (at least from the perspective of Bookworm3) is that this book is filled with CHICKENS. Chickens on every page! Chickens everywhere! And we acknowledged every one, oh yes we did, because we recently obtained six chickies for our own backyard. Here they are:

L-R: Charlie Brown, Cecily, Miss Bunches, and Lisa Lisa

They aren't this small anymore and we added two additional chicks after taking this picture. Now we have a total of 6 "baby chickies". Also, Miss Bunches has been renamed "Nellie" (yes, Olsen) because she was getting kind of mean for a bit. One of the new chickens was dubbed Happy Bunches in her place (not pictured) and the littles gal amongst them is named Rosie (also not pictured).

It should be noted that chickens really are as big and stinky as everyone says which, upon some reflection, might be the reason that the family in this book got rid of all of their books. Chickens can only co-exist with other things for a brief period of time and then no more.

At any rate, we love our chickens (who are about to move outdoors for good! oh yay!) and our books, making The Children Who Loved Books a hit in our household!

Note: this title is not available through Amazon. It was released earlier this year and is available through Usborne Books & More which is where I have linked the title to.

Many thanks to Kane Miller who sent a copy of this title my direction in exchange for my honest thoughts.


Barbara H. said...

Mu husband has always wanted to raise chickens. If he ever gets them I hope he takes on their full care. ;-) I don't know if I'd want to raise them, but I do really like fresh eggs.

Taia said...

I have a special relationship with the library as a privileged patron. I normally return books on time, but if I forget, they let me continue to check out books in exchange for a small contribution to their operating fund.

*carrie* said...

I'm curious why you chose to get chicks.

Looks like a fun book!

Diary of an Autodidact said...

I find it relaxing just to be in our home library, breathing the air - it's even better while reading. But I really appreciate having a public library as well, particularly for the non-fiction that I will likely read only once.

BerlinerinPoet said...

I like to say my library and I have a system where I check out books for an indefinite period and make minor contributions every so often. They might put it another way...
I like having a large personal library (and I especially would with children around), but I do really enjoy using the public library.

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