“She was flushed and felt intoxicated with the sound of her own voice and the unaccustomed taste of candor. It muddled her like wine, or like a first breath of freedom.”
“Good or bad, the past is a fact, and it often holds the keys to who we are in the present, and who we’re likely to become in the future.”
–White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise
While preparing for an upcoming vacation, I was going back-and-forth between sticking to a strict no-electronics camping trip and turning off everything except my kindle full of books. If I leave the kindle at home, I will have to bring a handful of old-fashioned paper-based books that I own and, therefore, do not have to worry about accidentally destroying with water or mud. In other words, no library books and significant limitations in terms of weight and mass. (Carrying an extensive library around in a little electronic device has spoiled me.)
This got me to wondering about packing books for kids. I tried to create a list of children’s books that are perfect for a week in the woods and came up empty. My own childhood had it’s fair share of summer vacations in a tent (or camper), and I do not remember bringing, much less reading, books during those times.
So, I’m putting this out to people on the internet – if you were going to include a few bedtime stories in the family camping gear, which stories would you include? Why?
Also, if you have an opinion about the sans-electronics vs bring-the-ebook dilemma, please feel free to express yourself here. :-)
“A dinosaur’s a kid’s best friend. But hide-and-seek is hard!”
–Have You Seen My Dinosaur? by Jon Surgal
From the first chapter: “We just wanted to create something people loved and a work environment that made us happy. That’s our version of the American Dream. That’s the glitter plan.“
Children Will Listen
“Careful the things you say,
Children will listen.
Careful the things you do,
Children will see.
Children may not obey,
But children will listen.
Children will look to you
For which way to turn,
To learn what to be.
Careful before you say,
“Listen to me.”
Children will listen.”
“As we reflect on our year of foraging adventures, one thing we marvel at is nature’s capacity to heal, and while we cannot prove it (yet — more research definitely needs to be done), we are certain that the foods nature offers at any given time of the year are exactly the foods we need to achieve optimal health. That is, what grows where we live is what we need to stay healthy.”
This quote is a good example of the creepy…not scary, but creepy…nature of this book. Some of these stories may stick with you in rather unsettling ways:
“He had read books, newspapers, and magazines. He knew that if you ran away you sometimes met bad people who did bad things to you; but he had also read fairy tales, so he knew that there were kind people out there, side by side with the monsters.”
–M Is for Magic
This collection of stories was inspired by children’s stories, fairy tales and the like. However, this is Neil Gaiman – the stories are excellent, but they are not for children.
“Appalling things happen to women and girls when we are treated as if we don’t matter, are considered lesser beings, or as the possessions of men.”
“It’s time for us to all reflect on honor, kindness and respect. Every ninja understands and fists turn into helping hands as little ninjas work as one, undoing all that they have done.”
–Dojo Daycare by Chris Tougas