Daily Conversations – The Butter Battle Book and Nuclear Weapons

My Dr. Seuss collection is far from complete, so the other day I ordered three more titles…

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Okay, I’ll admit it, the last one was for me.

The other night we cuddled up, all three of us (Daddy too!) in bed and read the Butter Battle Book. Afterwards Dave asked, “So Emily, do you know what that story is about?”

Emily summed it up neatly, “they started with slingshots and ended up with helicopters.”

We took it further, explaining what nuclear weapons were and the basic concept of the ‘arms race.’ Emily took this all in, and I could just see the wheels turning in her head.

“If I were the guys who made the bombs,” she said after a moment, “I would throw them all in the trash…well, maybe not throw them. I would put them carefully in the trash.”

And I couldn’t help thinking that it would be a better world if she were in charge of such things.

I must say that we have entered a renaissance of sorts. She asks the most interesting questions these days. Which keeps me learning right along with her. Here is a sample of questions she asked in one day…

  • Is a beluga whale real? What does it look like? (this after hearing a song titled Baby Beluga)
  • Do we really have sixteen muscles in our tongues? How do they know? Could we have fifteen instead?
  • How many muscles do we have in our bodies? (this from watching a Sid the Science kid show)
  • When is Electric Avenue on? (we had been watching the old Electric Avenue collection and then she found the new Electric Avenue on tv and really wants to see more of it)
  • What is a raft? What does it look like? Was Huckleberry Finn real? (this after pretending to be in a boat – which I called a raft and tried to describe, citing Huckleberry Finn)
  • That tree’s leaves never fall off (pointing to an evergreen). Does it live forever?

I’m pretty sure there were more, but those are the ones I wrote down.

I swear…I can see her brain growing.

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2 Responses to Daily Conversations – The Butter Battle Book and Nuclear Weapons

  1. Amy says:

    There are several good biographies of Dr. Seuss available. We read two of them last summer. Reading the man’s biography is a fantastic segue into learning about propaganda, writing to influence, writing to teach… the propaganda study is enhanced by a trip to the WWI museum in KC with its walls and walls full of propaganda posters…