|The Magic Clothes Basket by Sharon Thomas,|
illustrated by Bonnie and Bill Rutherford.
A Whitman Tell-A-Tale Book, Western Publishing, 1969.
Mr. B and I decided to attack some laundry today. We have a very, very tiny laundry room, and we have a tendency to stack our three baskets full of laundry on top of each other, on top of the dryer, until they are about to topple. They are modern, plastic baskets, nicer than the very cheap plastic baskets my parents used, but still plastic. They are nowhere near as attractive as Paul's mother's basket. Paul is the little boy in today's book, illustrated by the fabulous team of Bonnie and Bill Rutherford. Paul has some pretty fabulous toys, but none so fabulous as his mother's beautiful wicker clothes basket.
After looking through this little book, I told Mr. B, "I still remember playing in my parents' laundry baskets. I can't believe I can remember being that small!" "Oh, yeah!" he said. "I can remember that, too."
My girls have outgrown or are outgrowing a comfortable fit in our laundry baskets. Sigh. As long as they're going to keep growing, maybe I can get them to still enjoy actual laundry stuff...
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