Monday, January 23, 2012

Going to a Wedding!

Hello, hello hello! We're all off to celebrate a very dear colleague's wedding. He's the guy who has made us all such great believers in Creative Commons, and in sharing our books with the world in many many ways. We've just put a whole lot of books (159 books actually) for free downloads on the International Children's Library site, including the book 'Going to a Wedding'!

Since he is such a tireless advocate of the social online media, what better way of showing our appreciation than by giving him and his bride an online present! Here it is G & S, enjoy this little bouquet of poems when you're done with smiling for the million cameras, and shaking hands with your friends, and tucking into the wedding feast.
For you with love and affection from all of us at Pratham Books! Wishing you both a very happy married life!

This is from the New York Puplic Library, Children's Literature @ NYPL,
I Want to Be Your Personal Penguin: Wedding Readings from Children’s Books by Kristy Raffensberger

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

The story of a leaf who isn't ready to let go from the tree.
And then, high up on an icy branch, a scarlet flash.
One more leaf holding tight.
"You're here?" called the Little Yellow Leaf.
"I am," said the Little Scarlet Leaf.
"Like me!" said the Little Yellow Leaf.
Neither spoke.
Finally… "Will you?" asked the Little Scarlett Leaf.
"I will!" said the Little Yellow Leaf.
And one, two, three, they let go and soared.

Your Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton
A penguin pleads his case to a bewildered hippo. (There is also a musical version, sung by Davy Jones from The Monkees.)
I like you a lot.
You're funny and kind.
So let me explain
What I have in mind.
I want to be your personal penguin.
I want to walk right by your side.
I want to be your personal penguin.
I want to travel with you far and wide.

Like Likes Like by Chris Raschka
A lone cat sees pairs of animals and longs to find his mate. But first, he learns to appreciate the wonders that he finds on his search. (The illustrations are integral,it might not work with words alone.)
Unlike the rest. Unlucky, alone.
Ah. Oh. Rows and rows
of roses.
He sees
…a breeze, trees
high, wide skies,
In luck.
Looks like
like likes like.
Oh. How lucky.
Not alone now,
two together,
in rows and rows
of roses.

I Like You by Sandol Stoddard
The many reasons for liking someone.
I like you because
If you find two four-leaf clovers
You give me one
If I find four
I give you two
If we only find three
We keep on looking.
… I like you because if I am mad at you
Then you are mad at me too
It's awful when the other person isn't
They are so nice and hoo-hoo you could
just about punch them in the nose.
… I would go on choosing you
And you would
go on choosing me
Over and over again.

Some Things Go Together by Charlotte Zolotow

Pairs of things that go together.
Pigeons with park
Stars with dark
Sand with sea
and you with me.
… Hats with heads
Pillows with beds
Sky with blue
and me with you.

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