This conversation occurred while reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr and John Archambault, with Lois Ehlert as their Illustrator, with Nadia, my four year old granddaughter.
We had just reached one of the last pages of the children’s book, when lower case “a” was left alone, climbing the tree trunk, and Nadia gently spoke, “Oh, she is so lonely!”
I replied, “Well, we can help her!”
Nadia the asked, “How, Nanny?”
I suggested, “Why don’t we gently pick her off the page, close our eyes and carry her into our hearts…then she will not be alone anymore.”
Nadia looked at me with wonder and a bit of disbelief, “Really, Nanny?”
To which I responded with, “Yes, let us try it. We can reach our hand towards the page, then close our eyes, and lift “little a” into our hearts! Let’s try! You only have to believe it to make it happen!”
So we tried. Unknown to me, but made aware of it by Nadia, we missed the “little a” on our first attempt! Then Nadia cheered us on, “Let’s try again, Nanny!”
So we did! This time we were successful!
Happily we cupped “little a” into our hands and carried her safely into our hearts…where she is now residing with great comfort and security.