We are finally back on home turf after a few weeks of wandering around the beautifully green country of Ireland. We saw black-legged sheep with loads of character in their faces, breathtaking mountains with their tops ringed in fog and their bottoms jutting down into deep lakes, friendly and helpful people, heard joyful music while sitting on pub stools, and had a blast. That being said, we are very happy to be in our little house again on our little street with our friends and family. What adventures are you taking this summer? Anyone going to an amusement park? Check out this book before you go!
Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee really captures the excitement of a classic roller coaster at the classic American fair. There's the anticipation that builds while waiting in line, finally getting to step into the car and take your turn, the crazy ride, and then the giddy dizziness that follows.
What I love most about this book is something that I didn't notice right away. My husband actually pointed it out to me after he read the book to our three year old. The words tell the main story, but the pictures act as little vignettes that tell several stories at once. There are little groups of people in the pictures - a young couple on a first date, two "tough guy" looking guys, two older women friends, and kids. Each page tells their separate stories. In the first picture, the young couple on a date are awkward and shy and barely looking at each other, and at the end, they are holding hands and smiling. The "tough guy" characters are bragging to each other about who is the bravest, and the roller coaster ride ends up scaring them more than it scares the kids. The vignettes are really cute and add so much to the story.
Have a great day and make sure to read something good today!