A Wall of words
By Michael on June 17th, 2011
I hear many of our guests at The Scholastic Store comment on how cool the store looks. After all, we have pictures of characters all around the store, posters of book covers and lifesize sculptures of everyone from Harry Potter to Clifford the Big Red Dog. There’s a giant Magic School Bus and a colorful Imagination Clubhouse where we have our birthday parties.
It’s bright…it’s cheery and it’s fun!
So when we we looking for a way to add something new to the store, we had a really cool idea that I can’t wait to see installed! It’s not about book covers or illustrations, it’s a wall of words! There will be quotes from the children’s books we all love and cherish for our guests to read as they enter the store. This project became much more than a display to me, though. It represented just how powerful these words could be and the lessons they instill. They taught me what a good friend was and that superheroes sometimes aren’t quite what we expect.
So I asked the rest of the OOM team what their favorite book quotes were and here’s a few of their responses:
Morgan said- I still repeat lots of Shel Silverstein to myself, including:
“If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hoper, a prayer, a magic bean buyer,
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in!” — from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
“One needs a town, if only for the pleasure of leaving it. A town means not being alone, knowing that in the people, the trees, the soil, there is something of yourself, that even when you’re not there it stays and waits for you. But it isn’t easy to live there and not be restless.” — from The Moon and the Bonfires by Cesare Pavese
Amanda sent me this quote, which I must admit, made me teary-eyed-
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real.” — from The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Now that we have shared a few of our favorite quotes, what are some of yours?
And now, in the spirit of this post “Let the wild rumpus start!”
(That’s from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and a favorite of mine.)