We have been reading Bambi and loving it! It is an amazing story and I love the way the author gives the reader little tastes of nature and life from nature's point of view. We are coming to some critical parts of the story and I am interested to see what kind of conversations they will initiate. We have already had a few good ones. I do want to share with you a portion of my favorite chapter so far. It is not too long, but the author does such a great job of making it come alive to the reader.
meadow's edge. They were falling from all the trees.
One branch of the oak reached high above the
others and stretched far out over the meadow. Two
leaves clung to its very tip.
"It isn't the way it used to be," said the one leaf to the other.
"No," the other leaf answered. "So many of us have fallen
off to-night we're almost the only ones left on our branch."
"You never know who's going to go next, " said
the first leaf. "Even when it was warm and the sun
shone, a storm or a cloudburst would come sometimes,
and many leaves were torn off, though they were
still young. You never know who's going to go next."
"The sun seldom shines now," sighed the second leaf,
"and when it does it gives no warmth. We must have
"Can it be true," said the first leaf, "can it really be true,
that others come take our places when we're gone,
after them still others, and more and more?"
"It is really true," whispered the second leaf. "We
can't even begin to imagine it, it's beyond our powers."
"It makes me very sad," added the first leaf.
They were silent a while. Then the first leaf said quietly
to herself, " Why must we fall? . . ."
Really, I encourage anyone to read this book, it is enriching. I do have a question for you all, what do you do when you have something throw off your schedule for a period of time? What do you do to keep things relatively on track? During the summer is especially hard because you have family visiting, vacations to go on, things throwing the balance off. What do you do?