LOVE THAT LINE #5
“So when the sun rose in the sky, I thought I’d give it one more try.”
THE DIGGINGEST DOG
by Al Perkins
I love this line because it’s encouraging. Although Duke struggles to dig and almost gives up, he wakes up on a bright sunny, (optimistic) day and gives digging another shot and succeeds! Most kids assume all dogs can dig, but Duke reminds the readers that sometimes what might seem easy to one person (or dog) , may take more effort for another. Could be titled Doggedest Dog. Motivating!
LOVE THAT LINE #4
“You are only a small girl.”
by Sara Pennypacker
This line resonates with me because so many times, children, as well as adults, fail to understand that their efforts, as a single, maybe “small” person, can and DO make a difference. Although Ming-Li is a small girl, what she does is so big that even the “big” people are impressed. After reading this book, all should hesitate before ever asking “I’m only one person, how can I make a difference?” Humbling!
FABULOUS FINISHES #3
the trouble with cauliflower
by Jane Sutton
Even though Mortimer tells his friend Sadie that whenever he eats cauliflower he has bad luck the next day, he eats some anyway and of course, has bad luck the next day. Sadie, trying to rid Mortimer of his superstition, tricks him into eating cauliflower again. This time, however, he has a great day the next day. After she explains to him that the only reason he had a bad day was because he expected to have one, Mortimer believes her and orders pizza with cauliflower on it. But, in the end when Sadie suggests they go get some lemonade, Mortimer tells her he can’t because every time he drinks lemonade it starts to rain. Great loop!
LOVE THAT LINE #3
“When we have a problem we must choose what we will be.”
BIG MOON TORTILLA
by Joy Cowley
This line reminds readers that although we may not always choose our circumstance, we can always choose our reaction to the circumstance. Instead of just addressing Marta’s current situation, the grandma encourages Marta to see with a more global perspective and leaves us all with words to live by.Wise words from a wise grandma. Insightful!
LOVE THAT LINE #2
“Once I started pulling things out of my heart it was hard to stop.”
THE BEST STORY
by Eileen Spinelli
This story, beautifully, yet, humorously demonstrates the importance of writing your own story. Reminding the writer: if you write something you’re passionate about, the ideas will flow and fill the page(s). Genuine!
LOVE THAT LINE #1
“The Grinch Got A Wonderful, Awful Idea!”
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
by Dr. Seuss
Beyond his amazing ability to tell a cohesive story in rhyme, Dr. Seuss penned lines that were clever and colorful. This line is a favorite because it clearly demonstrates the juxtaposition between the Grinch and the Whos. What seems like a wonderful idea for the Grinch we immediately know is bound to turn out awful for the Whos. Brilliant!