The kids’ and I read this one book that always makes me tear a little. It isn’t profound or earth shattering, it doesn’t make me dig in deep, or overly explain. It is simple actually. But it’s meaning, especially while raising a child in grade-school, has transcended itself in my soul. It’s a heart-warming lesson wrapped in beauty that we get to ready almost every night.
Come Over To My House, is a Dr. Seuss classic, illustrated by Richard Erodes. It’s about a boy who travels through the world and is exposed to different homes, with different children living in them. And though we aren’t necessarily always teaching our kids to have a world view as much as we should, I believe having them in New York, where they are constantly engaged with different kids in different social-economic and cultural backgrounds, is one of the best gifts we could gift them as parents. It is the beautiful and very “New York” thing about New York. You never really know the where or the what, and every family has it’s on set of unique characters and stories, so naturally, children have to learn acceptance and love.
And while I know many of you aren’t New Yorkers, and maybe do or don’t have this kind of diversity in your cities and towns, I can’t recommend this book enough as a simple marker for children. It is an amazing tool that moves me on the topic of being open, while accepting simple and wonderful commonalities children have with other children around the world (and maybe right where they live).
Here’s the original, which was out of print for years. The re-print is vibrant and gorgeous.
Any other classics you recommend?
(Top Image from Mother Mag)