Thursday, March 29, 2012
thursday :: book day
We have been enjoying The Little Brute Family so much lately. It's by Russel and Lillian Hoban. I adore them for the Frances books. This one is great also. It's about a family of little brutes.
They live a grumpy and sour life--that is just what they are used to and what they have always known. They eat sand and gravel porridge. No one says 'please.' No one says 'thank you.'
During the day they push and shove and scold the baby. No one has any fun or enjoys life.
Then one day the Baby Brute finds "a little wandering lost good feeling in a field of daisies." He brings it home and, amazingly, it begins to spread amongst the entire family. Everyone likes the feeling. They begin to say please and thank you. Papa finds some greens and berries for dinner instead of rocks. They begin to play and have a good time.
Such a great story about how out our attitudes influence our days and weeks and lives. So sweetly written and illustrated. Highly recommended!