When Abbie brought an idea to the office for us to all read children’s books from a blog she had read, I was super excited. Having a son who is seven we are always reading books (and by always I mean multiple books a day) and I thought this would be a fun project for us to share together. I randomly selected the book titled The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. The first night I took the book home, I had Aiden read it out loud to me and we discussed each page of the book and what we thought the meaning was.
Now I will share with you a brief outline of the book: In a storm, a man loses his home and all of his books, including a book he was writing about his life. After wandering for some time he comes across an abandoned library and begins to write his own story as well as taking joy in the other books in the library. At the end of his life he moves on and the newly “abandoned” library is then taken over by a new little girl.
If only it were as simple as that, as a person who loves to read, this story really brought me back to the reason I enjoy holding an actual book and flipping the pages (and yes I still like reading an actual newspaper as well). Because it is so easy to get caught up in the story and the enjoyment that the stories in a book can bring.
This story makes a great point that just because there is tragedy in life doesn’t mean you should give up- keep looking for the joy (and comfort) in books (life) and everything will be ok.
I think this was the perfect book for me to read and I am happy this was my luck of the draw! I definitely take joy in reading books.
Let me know one way you fill your story (life) with Joy!