With al of our recent kite flying exploits it seems only natural that we should find ourselves rather gravitating to a book about kite flying.
But not for us a useful tome of practical information or suggestions (“don’t use giant lolly sticks if you want it to lift off the ground”), for us it’s all about the story, the story of a little girl named Cinnamon Stitch who just happened to be a princess, The Kite Princess.
And not a very good one at that. In fact she was one of the very last people in the world truly suited to being a princess. She’d rather run and jump than learn to walk gracefully and curtsey, and would much prefer to be reading the book than learning to balance it on her head. But every time she ran away to play she’d be found and taken back to the castle, and a big tub of hot soapy water to remove evidence of mud, slime and pond weed from about her person. She’s definitely my kind of princess (and I think she’d be great friends with Princess Sue! too).
And Cinnamon is clever enough to realise that this can’t go on and so she hatches a very clever plan,
and sews herself a kite. Definitely shades of Icarus but without quite such a sticky end. Happily for Cinnamon when her parents have recovered from the shock of seeing her flying high above the castle, singing as she soars through the air, they realise that actually, the’d rather like the freedom that their daughter has discovered and the royal seamstress is set to work to whip up a whole host of the most amazingly decorated and extraordinarily shaped kites; our look decidedly tame by comparison, even after we added the glitter.
It’s a lovely story, a story of a girl who wasn’t happy to simply settle with playing a prescribed role simply because it was expected of her, but who tried and tried and eventually found a way to forge her own path, something we all want our children to emulate, though possibly with a little less pond weed involved.
And if that weren’t enough, our copy (which regularly comes home with us from the library) not only has the audio book CD tucked into the back cover (and read by Imelda Staunton no less) so we can listen in the car on the way to nursery in the morning, but also, and possibly more usefully, has a great set of instructions on how to make your own kite using thin garden cane, no lolly sticks or heavy embroidery in sight!
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And if you missed out last week, Jess and Rosalie were practicing all their animal sounds with the very sweet Can you say it too and Vickie and Bubs were laying a little ground work for the imminent arrival of preschool with Maisy goes to School.
And now it’s over to you …