As her vocabulary and language starts to explode Miss Elma has been adding to her repertoire of animals. We still have of course the ever favourite duck, and crocodiles, alligators and dinosaurs have long been homogenised as “snap”, always accompanied by the appropriate hand gesture, (which incidentally I thought was a pretty astute response to being presented with a picture of a Tyrannosaurus Rex for the first time), but now we have added to our number.
We have “hor-sey”; horses, donkeys, zebras, hippopotami,
and somewhat less obviously, kangaroos, and then “fishee”; which naturally includes not only any sort of fish, but anything that lives in the sea, up to, but excluding a whale, which is “whay”.
And I’ve no idea whether it’s cause or effect that the book that a certain someone is most often found to have pinched off her big sister’s bookcase and scuttled off with to read backwards in a quiet corner is this:
I can’t say I blame her. ABC Animal Rhymes for You and Me is a mash up of some of the animal poems from Rumble in the Jungle and Commotion in the Ocean (the latter of which is also well loved around here!), all illustrated in gorgeous glorious vibrant technicolour. It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for good illustrations, and these are just wonderful. The only way I can describe is is to say that if you’ve ever played Candy Crush, and yes I’ll admit I dabble in it, these illustrations have that same feeling you get that everything else has rather faded a bit in comparison, but in a good way I promise! Above all they are irresistible to small would-be-readers!
Elma’s version of reading is as I mentioned, mostly to do with turning the pages, usually starting at the back; and as each little ditty is at most four lines long it gives you half a chance to finish before the little hand reaches out for the corner of the page, and a head lifts itself from where it’s been snuggled into your shoulder, silky soft hair brushing your cheek as it passes, to turn and give you a stern look that can only mean, “come on Mummy, we want to finish this before bedtime!”
I don’t tend to read any of the animal books cover to cover, we dip in and out, looking for things that live in the water, or spelling out the letters of Kitty or Elma’s names, or just simply letting the girls choose the pages that most appeal to them in that one moment.
There are favourites that crop up regularly, the jiggling Jellyfish for one, and Elma’s fascinated by the Kangaroo (“horseeeee!”) but others are less frequently in circulation and that way it always feels fresh and new. Well the rhymes do anyway, the book itself is looking rather cuddled and well loved, which is of course how all of the very best books should be!
Last week Vickie moved on from counting birds to dogs, power cuts and the confusion of swapped bottoms, and yes you did read that correctly, while Rachel and her Chiplet have been reading the cutest story in the form of Snug as a Bug
And if you have a favourite, or just something fun your little ones have enjoyed reading lately please do join us. The linky is always open for the whole week so there’s plenty of time. And so, without further ado, it’s over to you to tell me what we should be reading!