It may sound funny, but I enjoy reading them even more as an adult, after rediscovering a few of them recently.
I remember, as a child, reading about a little creature who bossed everyone around until no one wanted to play with her. She finally realized why she had so few friends and changed her tune. The story was crabby gabby.
Another story, that might have even made me cry when I first read it, was about a bear and a rabbit meeting in the forest. They became best of friends, until their parents found out. The rabbit parents told the bunny that bears were nothing but trouble. The bear family told their little cub the same about rabbits. They knew, though, that it wasn’t true, not about their friends, although they listened to their parents and didn’t see each other again. The story was called buttermilk bear.
I recently rediscovered a few of the books:
Flutterby, about a tiny Pegasus who finally learns to be just who she is.
Rhubarb, a farm puppy who helps the other animals learn the real meaning of friendship.
The series is called Serendipity, a word I’ve always loved, even when I didn’t understand the meaning of it.
Each book (and there are over 50) has a moral, such as sharing, friendship, and faith. Written by Stephen Cosgrove and beautifully illustrated by Robin James, the books have been around since the ’70s and ’80s.
I would recommend this series of books for parents of young children. If you’re looking for fun books with great pictures, a simple read, and something that provides children with positive solutions to difficult problems, the Serendipity books are a great option.
You might even enjoy them as much as your children…or sneak into their room and borrow the books from time to time, pretending to be a child again, if only for a moment.