Guest post: It Could Always Be Worse

Guest poster Pres. Katherine Baker weaves her own life wisdom in with the Rabbi’s good advice as she reflects on this popular folk tale. In the children’s book, It Could Always Be Worse, delightfully told and illustrated by Margot Zemach, we meet an unnamed Jewish man from 80 or 100 years ago. He looks to be from…

The Day I Ran Away, by Holly L. Niner

“While Dad tucks her in, a little girl named Grace calmly recounts her day—which was anything but calm. She had a tantrum (because of some injustices involving a purple shirt and breakfast cereal) and was banished to her bedroom before deciding to run away. Understanding that kids have ups and downs, Grace’s mom wisely gave…

Dear Komodo Dragon, by Nancy Kelly Allen

Lots of children have pen pals but one little girl has a real-life dragon—a Komodo dragon—for a pen pal! Leslie plans to be a dragon hunter when she grows up. When she and Komodo become pen pals, the wise-cracking dragon adds a generous helping of humor to letters that are chock full of accurate, interesting…

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton

I can’t remember my life before Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. My mama read it to us, sitting on the big bed in her room. The bedspread was lemon yellow, with hundreds of tiny pom-poms all over it. I’m sure there’s a word for this kind of fabric, but I didn’t know the word….