Why Picture Books Are Important by Margie Palatini

by Dianne on November 27, 2012

Why Picture Books Are Important by Margie Palatini
When I was four, I fell in love with my hero.
He wasn’t faster than a speeding bullet.
Not the biggest. Nor the strongest.
Not the best looking of his bunch either.
He was sort of a quiet unassuming little guy, but ready and willing to help friends in need.
And wow, was he ever determined.

“I think I can. I think I can. I think I can… I thought I could.”

Oh, I love that Little Engine.
Loved him then, (which is way too many years to count backwards.)
Love him now.
Love that children of every age are still falling in love with him.

Picture book characters and their stories are like that.
They stay with you.
They are your “forever friends.”
Their tales punctuate life with memories of love, laughter (Pigeon “markers” perhaps?), and sometimes tears. (I know that no matter how many times I get to the end of The Polar Express, I’m swallowing hard when I hear that bell ring.)
You too?

The emotional connection a mere thirty-two pages has with a reader is powerful stuff.
…It’s the best stuff.

Margie Palatini

About Margie Palatini
Margie Palatini is the author of over three dozen popular and award-winning funny picture books including Sweet Tooth, Bedhead, (Simon & Schuster), the Bad Boys series, (HarperCollins), and the perennial favorite, Piggie Pie! (Clarion). She’s a Jersey Girl. Visit her and her bunch of characters at margiepalatini.com.

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Laura Anne Miller November 27, 2012 at 10:52 am

‘Forever Friends’ are wonderful….they can travel with you in a suitcase to be with you at a new destination or in your head for revisiting in a lonesome moment. Thanks, Margie, for your thoughts!


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