We’re enjoying A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell again. It’s a book that has grown on me because the DLM loves it so much. I just wanted to pop on here to document something that happened tonight to remind myself of how much I enjoy having a front-row seat to watching the unfolding intellects of our children. The DLM has fully grasped the fact that there are two stories going on in this book: the story Louie is in, the actual “story” in the book; and the “messed-up” part–what’s happening to the book while Louie’s story is unfolding. He actually explained it to me just that way tonight. I wish I had taken down his exact words, but I didn’t exactly have a pencil and piece of paper handy. 😉 It’s little things like this that make homeschooling a pleasure.
Similar stories we’ve enjoyed:
- Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett
- Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
- Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek by Deborah Hopkinson
Can you think of other books that are sophisticated in this way? Another one that comes to mind is Bad Day at Riverbend by Chris Van Allsburg, which is one I need to share with all my children.