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HAPPY 2017! HAPPY SUMMER AND SPRING EVERYONE!
I love stories! Everyone needs stories!
I was recently invited to Julian Curtis School to read to Grade 1 students. As many of you know, one of my greatest joys is reading out loud to children. Julian Curtis School has students from 67 countries, speaking 23 different languages!
How exciting is this, right in the heart of Greenwich, this diversity. Subsequently, a small boy was in the bookstore and we began talking. When I asked him what school he attended and he said he attended Julian Curtis, I was off and running!
I told him and his Mom about my wonderful experience there and then this darling boy began to tell me his story.
Julian Curtis School has an amazing annual event. Every year, once a year, every student comes to school dressed in his or her native costume and the school flies all the flags. This small boy could not wait to show me the picture of his costume at school, that very day, and I noticed he was carrying a sign. I asked him what the sign said. He replied: “Friends of many cultures make the world a better place.” This incredible insight and compassion from a small child simply took my breath away. I could not help but think this should be a headline in every newspaper in this country.
And then I remembered the gorgeous simple and profound children’s picture book from 2003 entitled Old Turtle and the Broken Truth. Please listen to Old Turtle for a moment:
“The broken truth, and life itself, will be mended only when one person meets another … someone from a different place or with a different face or different ways … and sees and hears … herself. Only then will the people know, that every person, every being, is important and that the world was made for each of us.”
Imagine this eloquent simple but deeply profound parable in a children’s picture book, and from a small boy and from a small school buried deep in the heart of Greenwich. Bravo to all!
And cheers to spring and summer, which are fabulous reading seasons. My book selections are just a taste, just a sweet sip, so let us talk books. OUR EXCITEMENT IS CONTAGIOUS!
Father’s Day and Graduation are important celebrations and books are perfect choices, or perhaps a Diane’s Books Gift Certificate. Our customers love receiving Diane’s Books Gift Certificates!
The beloved poet, Emily Dickinson has the last word, the final story: “I started Early/ Took my Dog/ And visited the Sea The Mermaids in the Basement/ Came out to look at me”
HAPPY READING EVERYONE! HAPPY READING OUT LOUD! AND, OF COURSE, HAPPY SPRING!
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