A favorite book of mine is Sticky Burr, the Deadly Peril, by John Lechner. It’s about burrs who live in a forest called Burrwood. Sticky Burr is the main character. He’s nice and enjoys painting and playing his ukulele. That is something villainous Scurvy Burr cannot stand! Scurvy Burr likes to make trouble and keep things as prickly as he can.
This book is a fun read for kids and adults. It’s clever and hilarious in places.
Of course I see the appeal in a community of burrs and I wonder what might happen if Button met Scurvy Burr. Button is smooth and hairless so Scurvy wouldn’t be able to stick to him or jab him. He might find other ways to torment Button - like maybe playing tricks on him…
Oddly enough, Button recently wrote an entry in his journal…
Here sits a little cardinal and angel against the backdrop of an avocado on my windowsill. The cardinal was my Mom’s favorite bird and I picked this one up at a gift shop. The angel is a Christmas gift from my daughter, Grace.
I like little things. Maybe that’s why I chose a little acorn and a little button as the main characters in my book, Acorn and Button.
Little things are big things to kids. From seeing a crawdad in a creek for the first time to losing a favorite stuffed animal, kids experience moments in a big way. They live in the moment.
I try to see things as a child might. It’s not as easy as it sounds. It takes practice and a certain kind of letting go. Letting go of adult thoughts and the things we think we know. There’s a vulnerability. Maybe I don’t know as much as I thought. Maybe I’m not in complete control. Maybe that’s ok.
Playing with children helps, especially when we let them take the lead.
I think one of the greatest things in this life is to be a child at heart. That’s a joy I wish for every one of my readers, young and old.