Yesterday the kids asked me to read The Sun Egg by Elsa Beskow for probably the hundredth time. It's a simple, beautiful story about an elf who finds what she believes is a sun egg. When she and her friends discover it is actually a fruit, they poke in straws and together delight in the sweet juice. The kids decided that was a lovely idea. So after running through the sprinkler for a bit, they enjoyed their own sun egg.
It took a little massaging to get the juice to start flowing; but once it did, the sucking noises (and giggles) began. And because they are a little bigger than elves and frogs, there was not nearly enough to satisfy them! What a treat.
If you have young children and are not familiar with Elsa Beskow's books, you must change that. Another family favorite is The Land of Long Ago. If you have children who love to use their imagination to transform logs and stones into living creatures, they will love this book. All of Elsa's books will be most appreciated by children with ripe imaginations.
Imaginations that can see a sun egg in an orange.