Here is another moment where past meets present. When I was a junior in college, I did this fantastic internship at Scholastic. It was a wonderful program where we were paired with editors interested in educating us. I still remember fouling up a message from Felicia Boyd, the author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookieâ€¦ she was someone my boss was trying desperately to get in touch with. When she called, I said â€œsheâ€™s not here right nowâ€ and hung up. Iâ€™m sure my boss wanted to kill me. Iâ€™m pretty sure I heard her scream â€œshitâ€ in her office. But she was such a nice person, she did not yell or treat me poorly from this incident. (The longer I work, the more I see how rare that kind of behavior is, when employees are abused for far less offensive behavior, e.g. breathing). She also was a major baker. When one of her books came out, she celebrated with major snackage â€“ like champagne and brownies with chunks of almond paste. And now that I think back on her work, she had a sociopolitical agenda or sensitivity that I only appreciated years later. She reissued a newer, more kind-to-Asians picture book of The Five Chinese Brothers, and did a bunch of books where there were lots of kids of different races. You know, stuff I like and think about now. At the end of the summer, she gave me a book, not published by Scholastic, because she thinks itâ€™s cheesy to give away books you can get for free, called Stellaluna, a picture book about a fruit bat who gets separated from his mother.
First Son has recently taken to reading the book and we found this video of it being read by a SAG actor (you know, lots of vocal training, majorly mellifluous tone, and all that). I was worried he would get upset at the mother bat getting attacked and the baby bat having to fend for itself â€“ but OH NO, he is way too wrapped up in the drama to worry about that. Iâ€™m the one who gets choked up when they reunite. Heâ€™s just pumped to yell out the dramatic points the actor punches with vocal gymnastics.