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A Light in the Attic, reviewed by Brenda Mau

文章日期:2009年8月14日

Those were the days!

Recently by chance, I pulled out this book from my shelf and was instantly overwhelmed with nostalgia of the time in San Francisco being the sole caregiver to my young children.

Weekends were indeed a testing time, the mother not knowing how to keep her girls wholesomely and intellectually occupied. We ended up spending a lot of time in the company of a good friend called Books.

Allow me to share a Saturday diary entry at that time.



The girls and I had a wild day running around the city, visiting libraries and bookstores and savoring the delightfully rich aroma of books – used books, collectibles and recent releases. In the evening, with the cassette player in the sunroom turned on at full blast, the three of us snuggled in the huge ancient bed in Grandma's bedroom and listened to Shel Silverstein's self interpretation of his comical poems. We roared with thunderous laughter so very frequently during the one-and-a-half-hour course of the two tapes as the poet made his works miraculously amusing.

Here is an example:

There's too many kids in the tub,

Too many elbows to scrub.

I just wash a behind,

That I'm sure wasn't mine–

There's just too many kids in the tub!


Did mummy and daughters rush to the tub? What do you think?

I give this collection of children's poems my strongest recommendation for parent-child bonding.

Reviewed by Ms. Brenda Mau, Principal of St. Mark's School

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