WOW…That’s what I said when Librarian Maureen Slocum said that Pease Elementary School is the oldest continually operating school in Texas. 1876. Wow, right? And what a vibrant community of children from all over the Austin because their parents work downtown.
And smart? Holy Moley. At one point while reading the book, I ask, “What do you think will wake the two headed giant?” After a few guesses, I give a hint. “What is the biggest light bulb in the world?” A kindergartner with a birthday crown on his head, said, “The sun.” Geez, I don’t think I was that aware in kindergarten.
Always during my visits, I tell the story of the book’s inspration: Early one morning, I woke to find my daughter peering up at me in bed. I was struck with the idea that I must look like a giant and the bed, a mountain. A Snuggle Mountain.
A little boy raised his hand and said that in his house, there is a blue couch and he thinks it is the Great Wall of China.