Ok, so I've gotten a little softer in my old age. Motherhood has made me a permanently weepy person--for all sorts of reasons...happy moments, time passing, lyrics of a beautiful song, a memory of someone I'm missing, or a happy time in my past. It's gotten to the point where I have a hard time making it through read aloud in my classroom. On more than one occasion, I've had to have a student read a chapter of a book for me, or ask my mom read to my class during library time. I just can't do *certain* books without a heavy duty windshield wiper attached to my glasses. Here's my top five list of books that have me reaching for a box of tissue!!
1. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White): You know the chapter I'm talking about...when the fair is coming to an end and Charlotte lets Wilbur take her egg sack in his mouth. I'm crying already as I type this! I get heart palpitations as this chapter creeps closer and closer.
2. The Story of Ruby Bridges (Robert Coles): Ok, if you can make it through the part where Ruby is praying for the angry mob as she attempts to go to school without a dry eye, then you're made of steel.
3. The Christmas Day Kitten (James Herriot): Mrs. Pickerings has a special spot in heaven for allowing the momma stray kitty to have her babies next to her warm fire before dying. I can not, will not, and won't read this to my class again. I make that ugly crying sound and can't even get to the end of the book!
4. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Eleanor Coerr): Beautiful story. Couldn't believe the journey it took me and my students on. The kids were even crying.
5. Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, & a Miracle (Brian Dennis): Dog lovers beware--this true story of loyalty and friendship between a Marine and a stray dog will have you sobbing.
What are some books that have you reaching for a box of tissue?