Summer Holiday Reading – In Which We Read About Pooh and Have a Chance Encounter
Two out of four of mine have now broken up for the summer, the two eldest have one more hot sweaty day to go before they are let loose to sleep until noon. Every year we make a long list of things we would like to do when we are finally granted enough family time in which to do them. This year our holiday is already pretty packed and most of our plans will pop up here as we get to them but I still sat down with Bonus Boy when he broke up on Friday and started a list. So far it goes like this:
- Climb Alfred’s Tower (one for a cooler day!)
- Go sailing (Sorted! We’ve just bought a boat after 4 long years without – many posts to follow!)
- Go to the beach (goes without saying)
- Pick some cherries (I love that children say what they see; our cherries are ripe, they have been picked!)
- Have a read
That last one makes me smile. He loves reading and adores being read to. In this baking hot weather we have taken to reading his bedtime story in the garden in the evening. We lay out a rug and some cushions and sprawl on our tummies. He waits while I faff about a bit with end of day stuff:
We are working our way gradually through Winnie the Pooh: The Complete Collection, I can’t help but go a bit Prunella Scales when I’m reading it. On Friday we were reading The House at Pooh Corner, Chapter Three, In Which a Search is Organised and Piglet Nearly Meets the Heffalump Again. In this story Christopher Robin organises a search for Small, one of Rabbit’s friends and relations
“What I came to say was: Have you seen Small anywhere about?” [said Rabbit]
“I don’t think so’” said Pooh. And then, after thinking a little more, he said: ‘Who is Small?”
“One of my friends-and-relations,” said Rabbit carelessly.
This didn’t help Pooh much, because Rabbit had so many friends-and- relations, and of such different sorts and sizes, that he didn’t know whether he ought to be looking for Small at the top of an oak-tree or in the petal of a buttercup.”
I don’t think I’ll be spoiling the story too much if I reveal that Small does in fact turn out to be a beetle (there is a twist in the tale, if you haven’t read it you MUST) and there was a certain synergy to the visitor we encountered just as Small’s identity was revealed – can you imagine the excitement in our garden?!
Small strolled casually up to the top of page one hundred and sixty two and paused for a bit of a read
He really was magnificent and clearly a beetle of letters, we felt very privileged to have him along!
We have a book list as long as our arms which we want to share over the next few weeks! If you need a bit of inspiration pop over to Tots 100 summer reads which features two of our favourites from times gone by as well as more from some other fabulous bloggers! Which books are top of your summer family reading list?