Thursday, April 25, 2013

The One About V - Verdi

Remember Janell Cannon from a few posts back?  Stellaluna?  Well, I'm here to sing her praises as an author/illustrator once again.

Verdi is one of my all-time favorite books.  Yes, another.  I love this book and always have.  The story is fantastic.  Learning to be happy in being yourself is a favorite theme of mine and one that cannot be overdone, in my opinion.  Also applicable is encouraging the kids to enjoy their childhood and not to rush into everything.  Sometimes kids, even as young as 1st Graders, are so eager to be adults that they overlook the joys in being 6/7.  It's a catch 22 though because that is knowledge that comes with age and wisdom.  I also tell that to my kids.  Does it sink in?  I don't know, but at least I try.  Maybe in all of these years it will affect one kiddo and it will have all been worth it.  Throw in more beautiful pictures with a wonderful story and Janell Cannon has done it again.

I read this book fairly early in the school year and always at least once more throughout the year.  The kids love it too and find Verdi's antics and personality hilarious.  As do I.  I wish I had a Book Buddy to go with this book, that would make my day.  I should start a search for one.  A small yellow snake shouldn't be too difficult to come by.

What about you?  Familiar with Verdi?  Janell Cannon?  What do you think?

Thanks for hopping by!


  1. I've never heard of this book! Learning to love yourself is an important lesson for kids and adults.
    - Maurice Mitchell
    The Geek Twins | Film Sketchr

    1. You should find it and try. I agree that it is a lesson kids and adult need, often!