Petr What'sHisNames' Choo Choo, in the shape - board book version worked pretty good. So did Donald Crews' Truck. But the book he kept asking me to read was Brown Bear Brown Bear.
I talked about this at lunch time - taken again by how effective this book can be.
One of us thought it had to do with the syllable count, the strong rhythm to the words. Another suggested it's familiarity, the likelihood that, for many, its a comfort book. I thought it had to do with pacing, with there being just the right amount of time between page turns, and the choice of nouns -the fact that even little kids knew what a horse or fish or cat looks like.
But Brown Bear Brown Bear isn't what I want to call attention to.
What I want to call attention to is this: at lunch we talked about the morning. We talked about what had happened, or not happened, or gone well, or gone badly. We talked with the intention of sharing and improving.
We did not talk about a television show or politics or sporting events. There wasn't time - there was too much to say about the work. That's how it always is.
Well... that's how it is in a workplace where reflective practice and teamwork are the norm.
It's hasn't always been like this - some summers are better than others. But a good summer -for us, for the families, for the neighbourhood - is always, always one in which our lunchtime talk is about the work.