Some rules are made for breaking: A book for parents who are losing patience

I love noodles. Give me oodles.
Make a mound up to the sun.
Noodles are my favorite foodles.
I eat noodles by the ton.

– Oodles of Noodles, by Lucia Hymes and James L. Hymes, Jr.

Are you one of those parents who absolutely loves spending all their time saying no, no, no, no!? If so, skip this book. It’s not for you. Because this book is all about saying yes. It’s about giving kids permission to do things that are, perhaps, not “proper”. But many things that we consider “improper” are, nonetheless, not evil. And so in the end, this is also a book that reminds adults of the need for a bit of fun.

Parents who need to rediscover play should read The Okay Book, by Todd Parr (2003). The stick people drawings are backed by beautiful colours (just what’s needed as we await spring). The pages list things that are okay.

It’s okay to wear braces.

It’s okay to try new things (like chocolate covered bugs).

It’s okay to put fish in your hair. (Before bath time?)

It’s okay to lick all the icing off your birthday cake. (Then the cake’s all for you? Bwahahaha.)

Hmm. This sort of thing would make anyone hungry.

How about a side order of giggles with your meal? Something before that cake you’re having for breakfast?

A regular egg
Not a devilled
Or a coddled
Or scrambled
Or boiled
But an eggular egg

That’s by Mary Ann Hoberman, and is included in a book titled Tasty Poems, collected up by Jill Bennett with quite nice illustrations by Nick Sharratt (filed with a blue dot, suggested ages 3 to 6).

It’s a mix of food fun and ideas – donuts, popcorn, oodles of noodles, mango, and cabbage (!). It’s also meant to be read out loud in a wiggly voice, matching the jiggly of jellies.

And howzabout some tea? Yet as anyone who prepares delicious pastries and squares knows, it is rude for guests to be late for tea.

Roger Hargreaves’ Mr. Brave has been invited to tea. And he wants to be a good guest. But as he walks to Little Miss Bossy’s table, he finds that important choices await him.

And he decides that some things are more important that being on time for tea.

He rescues someone from drowning.

He rescues someone from loneliness.

Then he is accused of not being brave. Is proving those people wrong worth being even more late to tea?

Mr. Brave dallies, and discovers that he is not so tough after all. He is, in fact, scared. But ends up showing everyone that you can be scared and brave at the same time.

And of course, he is very, very, very late for tea with Little Miss Bossy. Which just shows how brave he really is.

– Eleanor Brown, April 25, 2014


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