Book: A Big Ball of String



A Big Ball of String
by Marion Holland

With nary a care
It flies through the air
Just watch Nick fling
That big ball of string

A treat for our dog
Which leaves us agog
The pair race around
A boy and his hound*

*Disclaimer: Our dog is from the Evanston Animal Shelter. She may or may not have hound in her. This fiction has been created for rhyming purposes only. Do not try it at home.

Note: Nick’s newest obsession is a ball of string we had laying around the kitchen. For him, it has many uses, including:

– fishing (from the kitchen bar stool)

– flying kites (while singing “Let’s Go Fly A Kite“)

– jumping rope (with varying degrees of success)

rapelling(usually off of the couch)

– decorating our sorely-neglected palm tree

– lassoing our extremely indulgent dog

Just as he discovered the string I was fortunate enough to find Scribbler’s post about the book and Lori’s post about Learning Moments. Now Nick and I are making connections between what string is and what it can do (“anything, anything at all!”).

This quote ties it up nicely:

What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. — George Bernard Shaw

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