Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Boa's Bad Birthday

I’m fairly certain that all of us, at one time or another, have had to fake enthusiasm when receiving a present that wasn’t exactly what we’d had in mind. You know those times when you have to silently remind yourself that, even though a gift card to Omaha Steaks probably isn’t what a vegetarian was hoping to receive, it’s the thought that counts?

In Jeanne Willis’s new book, Boa’s Bad Birthday, Boa was excited for his birthday, hoping that it would be the best one yet. When his friends started arriving and Boa saw his gifts, that excitement quickly turned to disappointment. Orangutan got Boa a piano, but Boa didn’t have fingers to play it. Monkey got Boa a pair of sunglasses, but Boa didn’t have ears to keep them from slipping off. Jaguar got Boa mittens, but with no hands, Boa couldn’t use them, either. Sloth got Boa a hairbrush, but Boa had no hair to brush. Ant Eater got Boa a soccer ball, but it’s pretty hard to kick a soccer ball without feet. When Dung Beetle arrived with a ball of dung, Boa was ready to give up on his rotten birthday altogether. Until…a little seed that was inside the dung ball started sprouting. It grew and grew and grew, until it was a beautiful tree. In the end, it turned out to be the perfect present for Boa—just what he’d always wanted.

The book ends with a valuable lesson for kids: “So if you ever get a present that stinks, say thank you. Because it might turn out to be…the best present ever!”

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