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August 16, 2011

Mama Loves: Allegories

We have a ton of books at our house…it’s one of the few things I think we can never have enough of. A recurring theme throughout many of the girls’ books is the search for something…

…the duck looking for other animals that are like him…

…the farm animals trying to figure out what a kangaroo is, and how she will affect their life on the farm…

…the puppy trying to learn the name of other baby animals…

…and our favorite nighttime story, Have You Got My Purr?, about a little kitten who is searching for her purr.

Her mother tells her, “You will find your purr, just wait and see.”

The impatient kitten can’t wait, so she visits with each of the other animals on her farm, hoping they might have her purr. The sheep only has a “baa”; the pig, an “oink”; the cow, a “moo”…until, at the end of the day, the wise old owl directs the kitten back to her mother.

The mother cat realizes the kitten’s misunderstanding: “No one can take your purr. It’s inside you. You hear it when you’re happy.”

So the tiny kitten, so tired from her journey, snuggles next to her mother, “…and suddenly, there it was!” The most perfect purr.

We’ve been reading this story since the girls were tiny. They love the farm animals…the precious artwork…the way the story starts out with gusto and gradually winds down…

...and in addition to all those things, this mama loves the message.

We are each responsible for our own happiness. No sheep, no cow, no pig…no man, no woman…no car, no house, no designer shoes…can deliver it. Our happiness is inside each of us, and I think my job is to help our girls know this, and give them tools to find their own.

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I’m linking up again this week with Julia at Pontifications of a Twin Mom, for her series, “Mama Loves”. We all love this book at our house!

12 comments:

championm2000 said...

What a wonderful message to teach your girls! This mama loves it, too!

Julia said...

Mandy, what a beautiful way to teach your girls that lesson! Definitely a book I want to check out. We, too, can never have enough books! :)

strongblonde said...

that's so great!

just caught up on your last 12 posts. i wish i had internet access over vacation :(

the girls looked like they had a great last day of summer vacation! you, too, of course :)

Twinside Out said...

This is beautiful! What a wonderful lesson to share. I'm going to have to look for this book - beside the message, the animal noises sound like a lot of fun. (We are in a big animal noises phase.)

Beth said...

Great message and what a cute book!

I love finding books that have messages the kids will pick up with out feeling preach-y.

Barbara Manatee said...

What a great message, Mandy! You are teaching your girls so well! They are lucky girls!

Dolli-Mama said...

I love this. It's beautiful.

Holly Ann said...

Sounds like a fabulous book with a wonderful message! Thank you for sharing!

reanbean said...

We don't know that book, but it sounds so very sweet. We'll have to go looking for it. Such an important message, no matter how old the child might be.

Olusola said...

Just checked it out with your Amazon link. Looks interesting. Question, when did you start reading to the girls or rather, when did they start enjoying and participating in the reading process?

MultipleMum said...

You are such a book nerd! Love it. Your girls will be the wisest kids on the block x

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

It's so true and yet, if you read this book to many young adults, they wouldn't get it. So glad you're teaching your girls young...here's hoping they won't think they need a guy to keep them happy 15 years down the road!