Mother Goose was a very good friend of mine. In my imagination, she was real, and I talked to her picture on the cover as I “read” my book. She looked so sweet and was always happy and smiling. Her patience while I created my own versions of her tales is probably why I became and still remain a book lover.
In the sixty-plus years since then, I’ve learned and forgotten many things, but not those beloved rhymes. When I became a preschool and elementary school teacher, Mother Goose entertained those kids during story time just as she had done for me. I hope my students carried on the ritual with their own kids.
Traditional books, stories, and poems such as Mother Goose may lose some of their popularity with the more modern approach to children’s literature, but they’ll never die out completely.
With my Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat series, I aim to continue the conventional themes of teaching kids about caring and sharing while entertaining them with humorous and delightful tales.
I want Patchy and Calico to spark their imagination, so the early readers can visualize the mischievous dog as he embarks on yet another one of his exciting (mis)adventures, with Calico tagging along to bail her friend out of trouble. Children enjoy the hijinks as their young minds picture the dog and cat performing in a circus, running away from a scary ghost, or tracking down the mysterious gift snatcher.
I want the kids to laugh when Calico tricks her not-so-smart friend into thinking he can fly and then be proud of the silly dog when he finally does zoom through the air.
Along with entertaining their audience with their crazy antics, I hope Patchy and Calico demonstrate how being kind to others and giving presents to your friends can be so much more gratifying than receiving them.
Will my children’s stories become known worldwide and treasured by generations of children? Short answer – NO. But I can dream, can’t I?
Did you become an avid reader as a child? If you have children, do you read to them? If your children are older now, do they still love to read?
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