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Musings on the life redeemed & purpose redefined

(A little bit) about a bear July 8, 2011

Filed under: reads — dayna @ 7:00 am

I know. I know. I was certain I would manage to crank out a bunch of those posts this week.

But it’s been bit of a struggle and not the one I am willing to have right now. Again, there were a few tough spots and some glorious moments.

The refreshing, awe-inspiring, washing-clean monsoons have started here in the desert. Heavy heat gives way to crackling electricity, gives way to quenching drenching. Aaah!

Change and growth are everywhere. In the sky, in the plants, in the people.

The taller pixie skips and asks important theological questions. And pushes boundaries with a sly smile.

The tiny pixie slow-twirls, flirts shamelessly, and “counts” softly to herself. And won’t let anyone else fasten any of her straps- never mind the finger pinching…

Can’t you just feel the volume of material available? Inspiring and overwhelming all at the same time.

So today, naturally, I’m just going to…

give away a book!

I think it must be a coping mechanism for me. And you get to reap the benefits. It’s win-win, right?

How about some Little Bear? We just love that fuzzy guy.

I have sweet summer memories of reading and re-reading Else Holmelund Minarik’s Little Bear stories at my grandparents’ house on the Chesapeake Bay. Windows and doors thrown open. Faintly hearing the lapping surf. Snuggled under a blue fake velvet blanket.

I read of Little Bear’s wardroble dilemmas solved by his clever mama. I read about his delicate birthday soup shared with animal friends. And (my personal favorite), I read about his trips to the moon where he was treated to a “spare” lunch by a mother bear whose own little bear had, (lo and behold!) taken a trip to earth.

And now I get to delight in these books with girls of my own. We love these books for their simple innocence and fanciful ideas. Maurice Sendak’s legendary illustrations help to tell the stories of a close little family and community. Like Frances‘, the parents are tender, wise, and imaginative in helping little bear explore and learn.

So far we have only checked out the original Little Bear (renewed three times), and A Kiss For Little Bear. I’m sure we will get to the rest eventually…

Have you read any Little Bear or other books by Else Holmelund Minarik? Which would you like to read?

Leave me a comment by Sunday, July 17th and you can win a Little Bear book or a $5 Amazon gift card. Take your pick!

I’ve also got to mention that Nick Jr’s Little Bear cartoon is pretty true to the books with the same sweet lessons and enchantment.


One Response to “(A little bit) about a bear”

  1. stephanie Says:

    I miss you, Dayna! And I miss your voice. I hear it right through the computer screen.

    Thanks for writing this blog. Such a gift to the world (and to your girls).

    P.S. I do like “Little Bear.” We’ve picked up the books at library, but have yet to own any copies.

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