Fly Away Home
Jack Kent ~ David McKay, 1969
Some days you just get a little down. I'm working on book ideas and two magazine articles, plus I've had a few crying jags today, but here I am. Small miracle this blog. When I am in a terrible mood and grumpy and tired and heartsick, nothing --AND I MEAN NOTHING-- beats dropping everything and snuggling up somewhere and reading my son a book. It's better than anything in the whole wide world. The only trouble is that my son doesn't get home from school until later this afternoon.
So here I am. If Jack Kent can't make me feel better, nothing can.
If you are just tuning in and know nothing of my family's love of Jack Kent, you can catch up here and here. Jack's second book (after Just Only John) is a wee, sweet title about a little girl and a lady bug named Mildred.
"Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home.
Your house is on fire, your children will burn."
After offering up this sage advice in rhyme, the little girl carries on a one-sided conversation with Mildred, offering up small talk and housing suggestions, until she realizes Mildred belongs wherever she wants to be... which in this case is under a rock. Home is where the heart is, for sure.
Since I spend so much time in the young adult section of the library now finding adequate titles to feed my son's Narnia/Harry Potter-style addictions (thanks for the Prydain tip Small Fox), I picked up Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book for myself. Right about now I'm thinking that dropping everything and snuggling up with a book and my lonesome is probably a good idea.
Jack Kent's Twelve Days of Christmas
I Was Walking Down the Road
The Grown-Up Day
The Fox and the Crow
The Biggest Shadow in the Zoo
The Animobile Book
Jack Kent's Book of Nursery Tales
Dooly and the Snortsnoot
Cindy Lou and the Witch's Dog
Jack Kent's Valentine Sticker Book
The Bremen-town Musicians
Just Only John
Piggy Bank Gonzales
Socks for Supper
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