Good Friday to you, folks!
In case anyone is wondering, it’s snowing again! I think there’s a trainee in charge of Spring this year who must have misread the job description!
As luck would have it, since it’s snowing, I have to drive to New York City today… which makes me think of cars… which makes me think of this book! Perfect for cars and inclement weather 🙂
Ready? Fasten your seat belts because here we go! 🙂
My Side Of The Car
Written By: Kate Feiffer
Illustrated By: Jules Feiffer
Candlewick, April 2011, Fiction
Suitable For: ages 4-8
Themes/Topics: patience, imagination, father-daughter love, optimism
Opening: “My dad and I are going to the zoo. We’ve tried to go to the zoo before. But we never get there. Something always happens.”
Brief Synopsis: Sadie and her dad are going to the zoo. Their plans have been thwarted three previous times, but this time they’re really going. Except… on the way… it starts to rain. They can’t go to the zoo in the rain. But Sadie’s not about to let the fact that her dad sees rain deter her. “I look out my window, and the sun is shining on my side of the car. People are putting on their sunglasses and heading to zoos all over the world on my side of the car.” While her dad sees nothing but rain, Sadie sees people mowing their laws and eating ice cream. Is it raining or not? Will Sadie and her dad get to the zoo this time or will they have to wait for another day?
Why I Like This Book: Anyone who has lived with kids knows that their perception of reality is not necessarily the same as yours… especially when they really want something! 🙂 What’s wonderful about this book is both Sadie’s determined optimism and her father’s patience and his loving understanding of how she needs to cope with her disappointment. This book is also delightful because it’s written and illustrated by a father-daughter team about an incident that actually happened. I’m not going to tell you whether they get to the zoo or not, though. You’ll have to go read the book 🙂
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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Now then. I’m going to be like Sadie and see nothing but sunshine and daffodils on my side of the car! No snow! 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂