Monday, July 23, 2012

It's what's on the inside that matters most...

I kind of think that phrase is one of the things a kid can never be reminded of too many times.  You know, it ranks right up there with:
I love you!
I believe in you!
Wash your hands!
I mean as beautiful and talented as I think my kids are, at some point they are most likely going to feel like someone is prettier or smarter, or better dressed, etc. So, along with the fact that I love them and believe in them  I do want them to know that it's what's on the inside that counts the most.

That's why I am kind of fond of The Spiffiest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson.  It's a little different style for her, but it has a very cute message. 

In this book we meet George who has the reputation as the scruffiest giant in town.  So, he decides to spruce up a bit and buy himself some new duds. (Here's the before and after.)
He's feeling great, very spiffy indeed. The thing is, he keeps coming across critters who seem to need these clothes more than he does...
I think you see where this is going. He ends up back in his old raggedy clothes and settles for being the coziest giant in town, until his new animal friends surprise him with a gift and deem him the kindest giant in town...
Very sweet, right? Happy reading!
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