We’ve been trying to do a little simplifying in these last few weeks; taking pleasure in the little things, the quiet moments at home (even as we battle all the bugs that two germ-laden nursery-attending little girls can spread around), the small promises made good. There’s been a bit of reorganising too; paring back the toys that we keep out for the girls in the lounge, while the rest go into rotation in our very own toy library, and making it really easy to get to the things we do have out (and maybe even make it easier to put them away – a girl can dream).
I think when I pulled a book off the shelf this week I must have had all of that in mind, because this is at it’s heart a simple book; a colour primer, but oh what a colour primer:
But then (imagine sparkling candlelight and a purring voice), this isn’t just any colours book, this is a Julia Donaldson/Axel Schaffer colours book.
Kitty and I are big Gruffalo fans; she’s loved it from the get-go and once I got over my initial qualm at the fact that the mouse lies through his little squeaky teeth and completely gets away with it, I fell for the patter, and the chance to do all the different voices.
It’s perhaps telling that although this is technically Elma’s book, and came from Elma’s shelf, when I left it on the sofa after taking a few pictures of the inside, it was Kit who curled up with it, chattering her way through the pages, telling me the colours, the characters, and entering into a lengthy discussion over the relative merits of blue and yellow.
I love that the use of such well loved characters makes it so easy to expand the story. We might start with the Gruffalo’s orange eyes, and then the butterfly perched on his terrible tusks, and then before we know it we’ll be talking about the time that we went to the butterfly farm and the butterfly landed on Kitty’s head and then Mama’s finger and Mama’s tummy, and we’re off into a made up world of butterflies of all colours of the rainbow limited only by a three year old imagination.
Elma herself is quite partial to chewing it, or sitting and patting the cover, but she’s only just getting into the world of the Gruffalo (her firm favourite being Room on the Broom) and so to her I think it is just a pretty book with nice colours.
If Kitty and I have any say in the matter though, I suspect that familiarity and affection will not be far behind.
Thank you again to Anne-Marie at Mummy Hearts You and Claire at Great British Family for joining in again last week with the fabulous Princess Poppy (definitely one for Kitty’s book list) and a classic mini-poem collection from Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz in the form of Farmyard Hullabaloo, and a big welcome to Caroline over at Imagination Adventures (love the name) who introduced me to a new (to me) Eric Carle that I’m going to have to keep a look out for the next time we head to the library.
And if you have a favourite why not share it here; each linky will stay open for a week so there’s plenty of time to join in. And so, without further ado, it’s over to you. I’ve told you what we are reading, now tell me what we should be reading!