Saturday, August 31, 2013

Over and Over by Charlotte Zolotow

My mother-in-law shared this book with me. She had read it to my husband when he was little, and recently when his parents were downsizing, the book was passed unexpectedly to us. It was in a box of books to be discarded to Deseret Industries, but I nabbed it and gave it to my oldest daughter, with whom I spent many an hour reading and re-reading our own copy of this book that we had been given by Lane's mom years ago. The spine on the discarded copy was ragged, and the cover barely held on, but it we knew it was a treasure not to be passed by!

The narrator in this story tells of a little girl who asks, "What comes next?" as she moves through the year, marked by the seasons and celebrations that highlight her days. At the end of the year, it is finally her birthday, and she wishes for "it all to happen again." And it does, of course, "over and over again."

It's such a comforting book to read, and parents can relate to children's lack of sense of how time works, and remember it for themselves as children. A lovely book. Get a copy if you can!

P.S. If you like this book, but want a chapter book you can read aloud or have older children enjoy, try Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen. It is a delightful read!

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