"What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet."
---Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
Autumn (8), Alaina (3) and I all enjoyed this humorous book about a porcupine named Fluffy who discovers he isn't so fluffy. It is written by Helen Lester and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. It produced numerous belly laughs from all of us. Afterwards we discussed names and how they can affect our feelings towards people, places and things. We discussed what it would be like if we were to change our names. I asked the girls what other names they feel most reflect their personality? Would we still be ourselves if we had a different name? Would our lives change...would they turn out differently....would people treat us differently? What is it like to be bilingual and have more than one name for different objects? Would certain famous landmarks and celebrities be as famous if they were given more simple names? It was a great discussion that spurred Autumn on to stay up late this evening and read a nonfiction book called "Where Words Were Born" by: Arkady Leokum, Paul Posnick and Stanley J. Corwin. She was really fascinated to read about the origins and stories behind words like siren, atlas, piano, flu. There were 110 words in all and there was great exposure to Latin, French, Italian, German and Spanish languages. I am glad I let her stay up to enjoy it, and since she read much of it out loud to me I learned quite a bit myself!