I had been drafting a post in my head throughout the week about Uri Shulevitz’s new book Dusk. I had read it and thought it was the perfect book for the holiday season. The book tells the story of a boy, his grandfather and his dog as they explore the world at dusk. The reader follows along as the group watches families enjoying Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza traditions, each celebration centering on light.
I was prepared to tell you that Dusk was the go-to read aloud book for class parties. The book to give to any child on your holiday shopping list.
And then I read it to Katherine.
Half way through (and it is a short book!), she asked me to stop. After I made her stick with it until the end, she told me she didn’t like it. When I asked her what she disliked, she quickly replied, “I wanted a story. Not just words.” The words in the book are sparse and while there is a story line, it isn’t exactly a plot driven tale.
I’ve often thought about the fact that many of the children’s books that adults like are not the books loved by children and vice versa. I suppose our experience with Dusk is yet another reminder of the power of choice in a child’s reading life. So here’s to more books with a story in Katherine’s world.