Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Dragon Scales and Willow Leaves by Terryl Givens - Favorite Picture Books
This book was a lucky find at a second hand store. I saw the cover, loved the colorful illustrations and put it in my basket. When I got home and read it with Jonas my jaw dropped. I LOVE the story and message. Jonas asked to keep it by his bed. We read it every night for weeks and it's become a solid favorite. When it was time to read a book to his class, Jonas picked this one.
The pictures are beautiful and nostalgic. You first see the fantastic imaginative view through the boy's eyes. Next you see the girl's happy view of reality. He loves adventure, she loves nature. Reminds me a lot of Jonas and Gwen.
On the surface it's a story about imagination. When you go deeper about friendship despite differences. Twin brother and sister have very different play styles and interests. But they still play together and are solid buddies.
Great message for any siblings, but also for friends (and frankly, adults). Everyone's going to have different interests and styles. That doesn't need to get in the way of being friends and having adventures together.
It wasn't until I started writing this post that I realized Terryl Givens is also an author of thoughtful and progressive religious books that are wonderful: The God Who Weeps, and The Crucible of Doubt. Good ideas for kids and adults, this guy!