I’ve started getting a little picky about what I read to the kids. If I fail to choose a handful of books for them to choose from, they end up bringing things that…well…literally put me to sleep (“momma, don’t close your eyes!”). For asher it tends to be encyclopedic or dictionary (illustrated & intended for kids at least) type books & Grace usually chooses either a clifford book (which used to be a favorite & just unfortunate for her that i’ve read every clifford book we have a zillion times before she was even born….i actually CAN usually ‘read’ those w/my eyes closed) or the color train. i just don’t understand HOW to read this one (looks like it’s supposed to be a song, but i have no idea what tune)… it’s just annoying…& asher gets irritated that everything in the picture isn’t listed in the words.
Now, i realize Grace needs those easy boring books to be read to her for developmental/educational reasons & so i read them. And it’s just mean to deny Asher a dinosaur encyclopedia ALL the time, so i read them (when Grace isn’t around…she does NOT like those & makes it even more annoying than it already is to do so). However, most of the time for our pre-naptime stories, they get to pick anywhere from 1-4 books (lots of factors involved regarding the variance in # of books). Lately I’ve been on a Dr. Seuss kick.
I always love to read out loud (almost) any book that rhymes &/or is poetic. Asher used to have a book of poems that was my all-time favorite to read, but it got destroyed (&/or lost i’m not sure).
Anyhow, so back to Dr. Seuss. Upside: It’s really fun to actually READ. I particularly love the ‘tounge twister’ type ones (like “Oh say can you say“). Asher likes them when i get stumped & shouts, “TONGUE TWISTER” each time. It’s really fun to see the improvement over the course of a week (when i ‘have’ to return the book to the library). The first day there are shouts of “tounge twister” on every page & it takes forever to get through as I have to go very slow. By the end of the week we can zip through it fast (though i also challenge myself to enunciate in an exaggerated manner ever since I realized asher was hearing words mashed together & thought they were new words). hmmm…perhaps i should not read these in front of Grace…
1. They’re pretty nonsensical..(i don’t know if that REALLY matters or not).
2. it bugs asher to no end that he can’t figure out what the characters are…i’ve finally settled on ‘allowing’ him to say they’re just monsters (not that i’m anti-monster, but i like my son want things to be called what they are & these are just imaginary nonsense creatures…not monsters. however, he can’t seem to make that it’s own category in his mind, so they’re all different types of monsters…drives me crazy but i guess i should be the ‘adult’ here…).
3. a lot of them are LONG. I’m ok with it & asher is typically fine with it too, but it’s rare Grace will make it through a whole book. I typically start with a book Grace has chosen, then when we lose her it’s no big deal as she already got to hear “her book”.
4. And last, this is just kind of funny; they’re outdated. Last week we borrowed, “the cat in the hat comes back” & i had to change “dad’s $10 shoes” to “dad’s expensive shoes”. I doubt anyone would really get that freaked out about $10 shoes getting messed up other than the fact that they’d be unable to find another pair of dress shoes that cost so little.
Now if only our library would carry, “Oh, say can you say Di-no-saur“.