Then there was no end to the rage and disappointment of Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca.
Well, and so would you be full of rage and disappointment if the nice, juicy ham that you were about to feast on turned out to be nothing but plaster. Here they are trying to burn the fake fish in the "red-hot crinkly paper fire" but unfortunately that won't work either. I'm sure we've all had days like this.
Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca are the eponymous anti-heroes in The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter. My daughter reminded me of the book today when she told me that her and her husband's favorite line in the book is the one quoted above. Maybe it was the way they felt recently when they had to spend their vacation money on getting their gas line fixed. Well, at least they don't have to depend on a red-hot crinkly paper fire to cook their dinner.
I don't remember my parents reading me any books, although I know that my mother read to me when I was too small to remember. All my favorite children's books were ones that I found at the library or even later when I had children of my own. So, I love it when my children are excited about reading the books I read to them to their children.
This is a book that Captain Kangaroo read to me. To tell you the truth, I don't know why I love this book so much, but I do love it. I loved it when the Captain read it to me, and I loved reading it to my children, and I loved it when Lavar Burton read it on Reading Rainbow. Maybe it just suits my sense of justice when the peddler tricks the monkeys into throwing down their hats. Maybe, being a person who is desperately challenged by gravity, I really admire a man that can balance all those caps on the top of his head: first his own checked cap, then the gray caps, then the blue caps, and then the red caps. I can't even keep one cap on my head. Or maybe I just like the idea of getting a cap for 50 cents. All those caps for $6.50!
My friend Toby posted a link to this picture of Mary Flannery O'Connor on Facebook today.
I wish I knew what that book was. I have flipped the picture on its side and and enlarged it a lot, but its still pretty blurred. I think I'll recognize it, though, if I ever come across it. She's probably thinking, "It's interesting that all the folks that are buying it don't know they are reading a children's book."