For the Love of Books

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Hey, y'all, and welcome to the weekend!  I'm just stopping back in, as promised, with this month's For the Love of Books post.  Kansas has been stirring us up some powerful storms lately.  Matter of fact, we had no electricity for most of last weekend.  Fortunately, especially because it was super, stinkin' hot and humid outside, we were able to find a cool place to make a temporary home to our four-legged family members.  Then, we spent the bulk of the weekend out and about, anywhere but home.

During all this crazy, I came to the realization that I truly love the excitement the variety of seasonal weather patterns brings to my neck of the woods, which, aside from the fact that I'm seriously missing a pretty special friend who recently moved away, is one of the reasons that I've chosen the book that I want to share, with you all, today.  It was written for children ages five to seven; and according to children's literature expert Gillian Engberg, "is a tender, year-round reminder of the sustaining power of friendship."
Waddles, written and illustrated by David McPhail, is a story about its namesake, Waddles, a raccoon that waddled from eating too much.  While Waddles and his best friend, Emily, a kind-hearted duck, have their differences, they spend most of their time together.  In spring, when Emily laid her eggs, Waddles brought her all her meals and even kept her eggs warm and protected, while she went for a swim.  He was the the first to meet all five of Emily's ducklings once they hatched and visited them daily all summer long.  He didn't know what to do with himself when the fall frost arrived, and Emily and her family flew south.  The winter was lonely and long; but when spring finally arrived again, it "brought Waddles' best friends with it.  Once again, snacks tasted sweet; and life in the park was as it should be.  Waddles felt very full."

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Through rain or shine, good weather and bad, here's wishing each and every one of you are blessed enough to have a loyal friend like Waddles.  Happy reading, friends!

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