But it reminded me of Holly's favourite books when she was A's age, and older:
- Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee - she once met DL when he came to my library to give a reading, and ever after she referred to AP as 'Dennis' book'.
- Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein - poetry was always big in our family - I remember as an infant H. fell asleep on my father's chest while he recited John Donne's 'Song' that begins, 'Go and catch a falling star, get with child a mandrake root..' later recorded on a wonderful album Circle of Light by Pentangle.
- Drummer Hoff by Ed Emberley - and me the pacifist had to read this every night for weeks... about the building of a canon, the last line of each refrain being, But Drummer Hoff fired it OFF!"
- Are You My Mother? by LeSieg
- The Mud Puddle and Mortimer by Robert Munsch - both became favourites in the years I was doing a lot of storytelling.
- A House is a House For Me by Mary Ann Hoberman - another one in rhyme.
- Sssh Bang - Margaret Wise Brown - this may well be out of print. My copy is so old and beat-up I'd only lend it to a reader who has very careful hands.
- The Gunniwolf by Wilhemina Harper (Holly liked it better when I told it with a wolf puppet)
- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (on tape, long before I'd have thought she'd be interested).
- Mr Gumpy's Outing - lovely Mr. Gumpy....
- The Elephant and the Bad Baby - Raymond Briggs. "But you never once said Please!"
I think most of these are still in print - or should be. Which is more than you can say for many of the adult books I was reading about that time.(Holly turns 32 tomorrow! So it's been a while since we shared a bedtime story. But I read The Runaway Bunny to Adam on his first visit here...)