When I had my boys (now 9 & 7), reading, of course became an immediate habit.
Even at a few months old (despite the fact that most likely they were asleep & I can't even remember), I read to them regularly.
Being from New Zealand, I had a plethora of children's books I took for granted. Stories I grew up with, stories my kids were growing up with that were just part of what we read every day.
Moving to Spain with a toddler & then to America a few years after that, I quickly came to cherish these native books - tales that once were familiar to all, I now found no one had heard of!
Of course over time, we broadened our horizons.... Soon, we were avid fans of The Gruffalo, Aliens Stole My Underpants, The Hungry Caterpillar & countless others. However, myself & my boys still treasure these New Zealand parts of our family traditions & for some books, they can still even chant the key phrases & lines.
One such book, we can seldom go past is Lynley Dodd's Hairy MacLary from Donaldson's Dairy.
This book became so iconic in New Zealand, I doubt you'd find an inhabitant who doesn't know the familiar ring of at least one of it's classic pages.
Whether they know of "Bottomly Potts, covered in spots"; "Schnitzel Von Krum with the very low tum" or "Scarface Claw, the toughest Tom in town".... these words create a familiar sense of home every time we turn a page.
My absolute love of the language, the characters, the beautifully simple yet fully expressive illustrations - is something I will never move past.
Don't we all have those books that will always be a part of our hearts?
This of course, is what motivated me to share Hairy MacLary with our students here at Reed. This story reflects a part of who I am; it encompasses so many elements making it almost impossible not immediately fall in love.
For these reasons, this is a the book I chose to introduce myself with to each class - to share a piece of myself & to also learn more of my students as we share our own stories or pets, favorite animals or outdoor adventures!
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