Today I'm answering a question that has more to do with likes and preferences than actual writing, but it did make me stop and analyze just why I felt the way I did.
Bethanie from Rhode Island asks: "What is your most favorite children's story and why?"
This question took me back to my childhood when my mom would read to me over and over again at my insistence. The two books I remember in vivid detail are The Very Bumpy Bus Ride and But No Elephants.
The people, animals, strawberries, and cream of Rumbletown are given a bumpy ride to the county fair.
In the first book, the bus ride continues to get bumpier and bumpier, and the passengers keep multiplying. By the time they get to the fair, everything is a complete mess inside the bus.
In the second book I thought it was so funny that Grandma Tildy kept accepting every animal imaginable into her home, but that poor elephant stood outside in the snow, waiting for her to concede defeat and let him in.
As a young child these books left an impression on me because they pushed the boundaries of my own imagination and taught me that when in the process of creating a fun story, your only limits are the ones you place within your mind.
In other words, any scenario you can think of is possible in the world of fiction. These books gave me endless joy, and looking at the pictures now brings me back to a time in my life when things were simpler and absolutely anything was possible.
I didn't know it at the time, but all of that early reading really gave me a love for great fiction. For a brief moment in your day you can explore fantastical places and accomplish impossible dreams.
I think that's why I also love the Harry Potter books so much. There's simply no end to what is possible in the world J.K. Rowling created.
So now I have to ask you all the same question. What is your favorite children's book and why?