Last year, we had an evacuation drill in our home. Dad came home from work and said we had two minutes to get out of the house. He even set the kitchen timer for accuracy. We raced around in a manic scramble to throw those most-valuable things into pillow cases and laundry baskets. We flung our treasures into the van and piled our bodies in behind them. Then we went to Applebee's for dessert. While we were sitting there, we took inventory. One person forgot shoes, we had one blanket for the whole fleet, we had no cash. The pods impressed me with what they did remember, but if it had been a real evacuation, we would have been uncomfortable.
For the next several weeks, we made up little emergency kits for the pods. Because they are still little people, we were strict in our editing. We want them to be able to carry their stuff. We have food, water, whistles, rope and other essentials. We also have journals and small toys (army men and Polly Pocket kinds). Lately, I have thought about what it would be like to have 5 pods under the age of 9 in a school gymnasium for three or more days. Augh!!! BORING.
I want to put reading material into each kit. Baring scriptures, what books should I add? Remember the 0-10 age of my pods. Here are my stipulations:
- It needs to be something we can read aloud--no dialect writing; it is super-hard to read aloud!
- It must have a good and uplifting message (tragedy is okay as long as it is resolved in the end--we are already in a tragic situation).
- It has to be longer than Junie B Jones or Magic Treehouse or we will be out of books after 45 minutes. ("Well, that's the end of the story. How about Simon Says again!!")
- It has to be a book you can read over and over again.
Each pod only gets one paperback.