This week should probably be entitled “What Sally told me I really ought to be reading so I ordered it and she was right and it’s really good”, but that’s not exactly the snappiest of titles even if factually accurate.
Yes, back in those days when it was actually sunny outside, when rain didn’t fall incessantly from the heavens, and when my patio table was not covered in an odd film of green dust, I wrote about our favourite book for introducing the concept of becoming a big sister. It’s still very much loved and very frequently read but when in the comments Sally suggested How to be a Baby by Me The Big Sister even to the point of wishing we lived a bit nearer each other so she could drop round a copy, I knew it would be worth checking out.
And lo it came to pass that I needed to order some more laundry liquid from Amazon, and I remembered about the book, and the preview pages looked hilarious, and before I knew it it wasn’t just laundry liquid that was winging its way to me.
And even though the bookcases are getting into a rather overflowing sort of state of affairs, I don’t regret it for a second. I think this book is properly laugh out loud funny and given the number of times Kitty in particular has asked us to read it, I think the girls might just agree.
It’s packed full of all the things that a big sister can do, but a baby can’t, but told in exactly the way both in language and tone that Kitty uses to explain what she’s up to or to tell us about her day. In short it sounds like it was written by a big sister, not merely an adult pretending.
(seriously, this had me in hysterics – Kit’s been talking about people going to prison ever since the Police came to do a little show and tell at her nursery, and it sounds just like her)
And the narrator is a lovely big sister too; she may be very disparaging about what the new baby can, or more likely can’t do, compared to all the exciting adventures that she can go on, but she also knows that babies are funny and cuddly and make her laugh. And she knows too that one day this baby is going to grow up and come on all sorts of adventures with her and together they will look back at the baby pictures and laugh at how small the baby once was.
Though she’ll still let him hold her hand, even when they’re both big, because he’ll still be a little bit little, and because that’s what big sisters are for.
Last eek Vickie shared her daughter’s favourite, Winnie the Pooh and the Trouble with Bees; it looks like a wonderful book but more than that, if you missed her post you have to go check out the amazing Winnie the Pooh cake she made for her daughter! 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!