There's something very satisfying about finishing a children's book.
Just finished Winnie-the-Pooh.
I had never read it before. I've only seen the Disney version on TV, but this was the original. I checked it out for the nephews, but never got around to reading it with them. I knew it was a children's classic and thought I should get around to reading it.
The stories are short enough to be read before bedtime (although I read them in two big chunks) but challenging enough to get the imagination jumpstarted. My favorite story was when Kanga and Roo moved into the forest. The gang plans on tricking Kanga into leaving by replacing Roo with Piglet. They succeed, but Kanga realizes it is a trick and proceeds to treat Piglet like Roo, under his great protests. It's great.
I also love the original illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard. The pen and ink drawings are simple and stunning.
This is a world I'd like to live in. I would be Rabbit. Or Kanga--she is the only girl.