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I was all set to do a different ABC book when coincidently I found Beverly Cleary’s Hullabaloo ABC and found out that she turns 100 on the 12th. Seems the only person who isn’t making a hullaballoo about it is… Beverly Clearly!
The Headline quote of an article about her upcoming birthday rang true for me, “Kids today ‘don’t have the freedom’ I had”
The reason she gives, according to Nora Krug of the Washington Post, is that most women used to be stay at home moms, so they watched out for all the neighborhood children.
This got me thinking about children’s entertainment today versus when Ramona and Harry Huggins were first published in the 1950’s.
But maybe you'd rather not read all about that train of thought. In that case, Here's the next installment of THE GREAT ALPHABET DISASTER:
H was Hot under the collar.
Actually, he was usually Hot here, there, and everywhere else, but today He positively hissed with anger.
“My House!” He hollered, “My Handsome House!”
“What happened here, H?” B asked.
H huffed. “As you know, B, it is my Hobby to Hammer occasionally on my Handsome House. Nothing Huge, However, just a nail or two to keep the House in shape. Well, as I was Hammering, I Heard a Huge noise and I was so startled, I H-hammered in the wrong spot!”
C whipped out her notepad. “Can you tell me where the sound Came from?”
H shook His head. “I was Humming, you see, as I was Hammering.”
“That’s horrible!” B howled, “How could this have happened, H?”
“Get Ahold of yourself, B,” A admonished.
“Can you describe how it sounded?” C hounded H.
H shook his head again. “Hardly Heard what Happened. But it’s going to take a Hundred Hours to get the Hole in my House fixed.”
“Hope you get your House fixed,” B said, and then added, “Hope I find my Ball, too.”
A B and C hopped quickly onto the next page, which was hard for C to do while hunkering over her notepad.
Hungry for more? More coming Henceforth…
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)