“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” ~Anna QuindlenOne of my original ideas when I started this blog was to do regular "What are you reading" posts which would include reviews of the books I was reading and, hopefully, comments from readers about books they recommended. I was feeling a little bad about this because the only books I've talked about in my blog, so far, have been children's books. Then I realized that is because the majority of the reading I've been doing lately has been kid's books. I did recently read 2 books age-appropriate for me which hopefully I'll be able to review soon but, for now, more children's "literature":
Dinosaur Roar! used to be Alex's favorite book. (He has since moved on to The Cat in the Hat.) For months we read it every night before bed.
The last page of this book looks like this:
When we got to this page, Alex would point to each dinosaur and asks "What's dat?" At first I would answer, "It's a dinosaur," "It's a dinosaur," "It's a dinosaur"...but that soon got old (keep in mind we read this book EVERY NIGHT). So, I started answering like this: "I think it's a cow," "Is that a chicken?" "Maybe it's a horse." To which Alex would respond every time: "No, dat's not a <<insert appropriate farm animal here>>, dat's a dinosaur." (It's impressive to me that he can pronounce "dinosaur" but has trouble with "that".)
Soon, however, the speculation regarding farm animals grew boring to me (again, it was EVERY FREAKING NIGHT). So I started coming up with more and more obscure animals and intentionally choosing words I knew he would struggle to pronounce: "I think it's a wildebeast," "Is that a platypus?" "Maybe it's a wallabee." And my sweet boy, every time would answer, "No, dat's not a <<insert obscure, mispronounced animal here>>, dat's a dinosaur."
And so, for your entertainment and mine, I had Jeff film us reading this book. (God bless my husband for keeping me mostly out of the video.) Alex is humoring me here because he really wants to watch a show on TV so I zip through most of the book to get to the last page. For your amusement: