A Perfect Wizard?
Our local library recently rearranged their shelves in the children's library room, which has made finding certain favorite books harder. On the other hand, the children and I are discovering new gems every visit.
The new biography section lines the left back wall. Typically, I comb through those shelves looking for whomever we are studying in history. I was quickly scanning the titles when I noticed The Perfect Wizard. Who is that about? I thought. Pulling it off the shelf I realized the book was about Hans Christian Andersen a beloved fairy tale writer of ours. The library also had the book on audio, and I picked that us as well. (In case our youngest wanted to hear the book again and again.) The library also had a picture book containing eleven fairy tales written by Hans Christian Andersen. With illustrations by Lizbeth Zwerger, I had to pick it up too.
Over lunch, one day, I read the book aloud to the children. They were enthralled as much as I was. Andersen did not lead a cushy life. Instead, it was one of suffering and perseverance. When I finished the short biography, I casually mentioned the book compiled and illustrated by Zwerger. My daughters immediately scooped it up, took it upstairs to read, and I haven't seen it since.
Linked to Read Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the Word