Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It's all about me

Since I grew up as an only child, my parents never had to ask "who did this?" There were never any other suspects. Consequently, I have a bad habit of thinking that everything is my fault. For instance, if someone is in a bad mood, I tend to assume that it's because of something I said or did. One of my friends likes to remind me that "it's not all about you," and that usually makes me feel better.

Here are a few books that actually are all about me (or people with my name):

Du Maurier, Daphne. Rebecca. London: Gollancz, 1938.

Daphne Du Maurier's gothic novel has been adapted for stage, film, and television. Alfred Hitchcock's classic film Rebecca
won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Picture. If you liked the Charlotte Brontë novel Jane Eyre, you will love Rebecca.

Robleda Moguel, Margarita, and Maribel Suárez. Rebeca. Rana, rema, rimas. [Argentina?]: Alfaguara, 2004.

This rhyming picture book is one of my favorites to read aloud during Spanish storytime. It's a very simple, bouncy story about a happy girl who likes to ride her bike, draw, skateboard, and play with her dog. Whenever I call families to invite them to upcoming events, I get such a kick out of introducing myself as "Rebecca de la biblioteca." It's so much easier to rhyme in Spanish.

Meadows, Daisy. Rebecca the Rock 'n' Roll Fairy. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc, 2009.

When Jack Frost and his mischievous goblins steal Rebecca's magic purple ribbon, all the people in town lose their sense of rhythm and no one can dance. This easy chapter book is part of the wildly popular Rainbow Magic series of modern fairy adventures.

Wiggin, Kate Douglas. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm / Kate Douglas Wiggin. Wordsworth Classics. Ware, Hertfordshire:Wordsworth Editions, 1994. (Originally published in 1903.)

An eternally optimistic girl named Rebecca is sent away to live with her two spinster aunts. Even though some people are mean to her, she never holds a grudge and sees it as her duty to make everyone happy. Story of my life.