It's the hope that winter will not last forever. It's hearing birdsong after months of silence and seeing small patches of green tentatively creep across lawns and gardens after months of brown (and maybe some white here and there). It's the month of spring breaks and my husband's and my anniversary.
You know all that (well,maybe not the anniversary part), but there's something else that March is: Read For Research Month (ReFoReMo).
ReFoReMo is a month of reading picture books to learn more about the craft of writing picture books. It was invented by author and blogger, Carrie Charley Brown. She hosts a multitude of guest bloggers (mentors) throughout the month who guide the rest of us through various picture books, highlighting their pros and cons.
Sam and Dave Dig A Hole by Mac Barnett is among the first books for the month, and it's a great story. One day two boys and their dog want to find something "spectacular," so they decide to go on a treasure hunt. What better way to find treasure than to dig for it? So that's what the boys do. They dig...and dig...and dig - all to no avail; but what the reader knows (due to the clever illustrations of Jon Klassen) is that there is indeed something "spectacular" to find, and the boys are very close, but time and again, just before they dig through to the treasure, they give up and switch directions, never knowing how close they were to something very "spectacular." (All is not lost, though, as the story ends with the dog finding the greatest treasure of all - a bone).
I love picture books, and one of the things I love most about them is the profound messages they often convey in such a short, simple, sweet and/or silly way.
So what I learned from Sam and Dave? Don't let the mounds of dirt that surround you discourage you; don't switch directions too soon, and absolutely do not give up, that treasure (whether it's a new job or a renewed relationship) might just be a shovel-full or two away.