Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Tale of Two Endings (+List)

We finished both the Prisoner's Dilemma and Winnie-the-Pooh on the same day.  The endings left us in two extreme emotional states.  Trenton Lee Stewart's conclusions are hands-down the best--he ties up loose ends and leaves you with the warmest feelings.  


And then there's the ending of Winnie-the-Pooh.  We highly (highly) recommend the book if you haven't read it--except for the last chapter.  I needed a warning.  To be fair, Milne is a beautifully poetic writer and the words are powerfully perfect--but, oh, such a sad goodbye.  

M and T (and I) cried for a long time after it was over. (Beza must have thought we were crazy.)  There were the saddest conversations like, "What will happen to my bear when I'm older?  I'll just put him on my nightstand and never play with him again.  And I'll look at him and say, 'There's that bear I used to love, but now I'm too busy with work to play with him.' And I'll just get into bed and go to sleep.  Oh, my poor bear!"  There were questions like, "Why don't you play with your stuffed animals anymore?"  And the worst--"What will happen to my bear when I die?"  

All of this from the end of such a well-loved children's book.

Here's most of what we've been reading as of late:
 
Audio Books
(Perhaps our most favorite series EVER.  We are very sad that there are no more.)



Again (Because they liked them so much the first time.)

Read-Alouds
(Published in 1948--our copy felt like an original. ;)

Because of the Tooth/Book Fairy
The Wingfeather Saga (T)
(This series keeps us on the edge of our seats--once T loses one more tooth, we can't wait to read the last one.)

Little House (M)

For Thanksgiving

Because It's Winter

For School
This book is so interesting!  They love it.

Poetry

(A stack of library books.)