We’ve been reading the book Llama Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney quite a bit lately, and as it turns out, Rose is starting to memorize it. I noticed for the first time last night, when she asked for it by name at bed time. Rose squeaked out what sounded suspiciously like “llama llama,” and when I held up the book, she nodded happily.
On about the second page, there is a line about the baby llama getting a kiss from his mama. When I read that line, I usually lean down and kiss Rose on the head. Well, last night Rose leaned her head up, obviously waiting for her kiss.
Later in the book, as the baby llama gets upset that mama isn’t coming upstairs to check on him, a few things happen. First, he “hums a tune.” Last night, after that line, Rose started humming just like I do when I’m really getting into the storytelling.
Next, baby llama “starts to moan.” Of course, Rose knew to do that as well.
And at the very end of the book the baby llama gets two more kisses. Rose again leaned up for her kisses, and waited until she got both.
This strikes me as a new level of interaction between Rose and her books, and thus also a new level of literacy. It’s so exciting to see her connecting to books more fully. I can still remember reading to her every night for so long and getting very little reaction. I stuck with it though, and moments like this are my reward.
I’m a sucker for a special edition of my favorite books. Recently, my little sister got me a leatherbound edition of The Hobbit that I wanted that is designed to look like it’s Bilbo’s journal. Not that I didn’t already have a copy, but the moment I saw this one, I knew I wanted Rose’s first reading of the book to come out of this edition.
So when I first heard about a special pop-up version of one of my favorite childhood books, The Little Prince I knew I needed it! We do, of course, have a 25-year-old copy of the book in our collection, but the idea of a pop-up version seems to so perfectly incapsulate the what the book is all about.
I wouldn’t be able to count the number of times I read this as a kid, missing much of the philosophical nature of the book, and not realizing that a lot of it is aimed at adults. It’s such a beautiful book in so many ways, and just look at what the pop-up version does to the baobab trees!
How could I not want this for
I’m on spring break this week since my wife’s a teacher, so I’m reposting an entry from very early on in my blogging career. I’ll be back next week!
One of the aspects of reading with Rose that I didn’t anticipate is the number of books that she would try to eat. Of course, when we went to our pediatrician’s office early on I saw the posters talking about how one of the things that babies would do with books would be to bring them to their mouths, but the reality was far more eating than I anticipated. As we would be reading a book, she would pull the book to her mouth, and try to chew on it. I didn’t really mind, but I was kind of concerned that she might actually get a piece of the book in her mouth and choke on it, so I had to try really hard not to let her chew the books. Of course, this didn’t stop her from eating off part of Pat The Bunny.
But what to do? She clearly wanted the books in her mouth, and I didn’t want to discourage her from using all of her senses to discover books, but I also wanted to keep her safe.
As it turns out, there is a great option for just this conundrum called Indestructibles. These books are made for those babies that still have an obsession with putting everything in their mouths. They are “water-proof, tear-resistant, and baby-durable,” and Rose just loved them. You can even wash them in the washing machine if they get dirty! We were lucky enough to get a set of them as a gift from a librarian friend who saw them at a convention, but you can buy them in many stores, or online at http://www.indestructiblesinc.com/.
As it turned out, Rose eventually got over her obsession with eating books, at least for the most part, until one day I gave her a book to keep her busy in her car seat, and when I went to get her out, I found this:
Who else has had a book eater, and what was your take on your baby’s addition to their diet?