Friday, November 17, 2006

the Big Box

by Toni Morrison with Slade Morrison. This picture book is a poem to a child’s vision of freedom. Three children who make grown ups nervous are locked in their rooms with all sorts of toys and treats and sweets.

The opening stanza:

Patty and Mickey and Liza Sue
Live in a big brown box.
It has carpets and curtains and beanbag chairs.
And the door has three big locks.

Oh, it’s pretty inside and the windows are wide
With shutters to keep out the day.
They have swings and slides and custom-made beds
And the doors open only one way.

As it goes on each child is described in all their wild glory, having way too much fun. The teachers and parents who love them have meetings and decide how to contain them.

The refrain:

Oh, parrots scream
And rabbits hop
And beavers chew trees when they need ‘em
But Patty and Micky and Liza Sue –
Those kids can’t handle their freedom.

This is a great book for kids who feel rebellious towards adults’ good intentions. It would make a wonderful jump rope chant. I can almost hear them singing it on the playground right now…

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Anonymous said...

Looks fun to read.
Here is mine for today:

Anonymous said...

I had no idea Toni Morrison had written a picture book. Thanks for pointing this one out. I'm going to look for it on my next visit to the libe.

Anonymous said...

I love your book reviews. I have a list of them that I am going to ask for at the library next week.