My husband and I had the privilege of talking about reading to young children with the man who was building our home. He has a young family of four and has decided that he wants to begin to gather them together and read a book out loud. Steve and I found ourselves warming to the subject and suggesting all kinds of titles for him to try.
As I pondered the subject of reading as a family, I found myself reaching for my favorite standby volume of Honey for a Child’s Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books In Family Life by Gladys Hunt. As I read the first sentences I had that wonderful nostalgic feeling of coming home:
“I’m going to play in the Hundred Acre Wood,” said the small boy who lived at our house. I knew what he meant and where he was going, and so I said, “Fine. If you see Owl, be sure to ask him about Eeyore’s tail.”
We knew Eeyore, Pooh, Piglet, Owl and Christopher Robin. We had met them in a book together and our life would always be richer because they had become our friends. To this day I feel sorry for anyone who hasn’t made their acquaintance.
Honey for a Child’s Heart, Chapter 1
I continued to browse through the chapters of Honey for a Child’s Heart and I felt myself warmed again and again by Hunt’s friendly sharing and her incredible passion for books and reading. This book is a treasure to inspire you and to keep you inspired year after year as you read it over and over again. I do hope you’ll get your hands on a copy!