Do you have a favourite picture book, either from your own childhood, or reading to you children?
I didn’t grow up in America so my selections would be slightly off the beaten path. Off the top of my head is James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, which I read in third (maybe fourth) grade. It’s about a young English orphan boy who enters a gigantic, magical peach, and has a wild and surreal cross-world adventure with a group of anthropomorphic insects he meets within the giant peach. I always fantasized my being The Silkworm—just don’t ask me why! The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me has always fascinated me because I love giraffe (though I have never seen a real one). The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is another favorite when I approached pre-teen years. The one book that always makes me fuzzy and warm is one that has drawn much controversy in the American public, And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. The book is based on the true story of Roy and Silo, two male Chinstrap Penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo. The book follows the six years of their life where they formed a couple and were given an egg to raise. The Giving Tree is another that is written in my mind. It is a tale about a relationship between a young boy and a tree in a forest. The tree always provides the boy with what he wants: branches on which to swing, shade in which to sit, apples to eat, branches with which to build a home. It teaches me a lot of relationship.