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How to Break Your Daughter’s Heart


Some PigBirdy and I have been reading Charlotte’s Web together for the last week or so, one or two chapters before bed every night. Despite all the foreshadowing that little spider and humble pig could muster, she never saw it coming, that final last gasp of Charlotte, the great writer and friend after laying her 514 eggs in the state fair stall.

I looked over at Bird between sentences to find her mouth clenched in a tight little frown, fat tears rolling down her red little cheeks. When she caught my glance she sobbed. Of course this made me lose it too and I had to complete the longest death scene in children’s literature in between choking back the full on crying torrent and cuddling my poor grieving child.

We finished the book and are ready for the next one. Suggestions welcome!


In other news, I want to point you to my dad’s new blog, In the Day.  Judging from his first story, this blog is going to be something special. Leave him a comment and tell him to keep writing.

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3 Comments to

“How to Break Your Daughter’s Heart”

  1. On January 23rd, 2008 at 9:49 pm gracie Says:

    Have you read The Little Prince? (If you are in the mood for another heartbreak).

    How old is birdy again? Other good ones but not so sad were The Mouse and the Motorcycle, almost all the Roald Dahl books, um… if you think she’s up to it, the Lemony Snicket books are fabulous as well. My daughter (9 now, going on 10) loves them.

    It depends on the age, mostly. The Ramona books (Beverly Cleary) were also awesome.

    How about Freckle Juice? Superfudge?

    I could go on.

  2. On January 24th, 2008 at 7:15 pm stacie Says:

    The Little Princess was my absolute favorite book. Others are…Stuart Little, James and the Giant Peach, The Secret Garden, love the suggestions for the Beverly Cleary books, those rocked! Oh, so so so many, I’ll think of more and get back to you.

  3. On February 5th, 2008 at 2:53 am Uncle Sue Says:

    Four words - “Wind in the Willows”. Birdy will enjoy the story (much better than the Disney version) and there is a whole other level for the adult reader. I enjoyed it as much when I “grew up” as I did as a kid.

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