It must be the season of sequels. Because leading on from last week’s Mix it Up I’ve got another follow up, and another story that’s just as good as the original. This time it’s our old friends Zebra and Moose from Z is for Moose.
Now that Zebra and Moose have completed their alphabet book it seems like these friends might just be a little at a loose end, and so in the way that can only happen in stories, Moose finds himself in a shapes book. The book is trying to be a nice sensible sort of shape book, pointing out al the different sorts of shapes you might find in the everyday; a circle is a button, a sandwich is a square; but Moose is just so excited, well firstly by the sandwich (and it does look delicious) and then the prospect of playing with lots and lots of different shapes.
Moose loves shapes. The book does not love having Moose around, and keeps leaving him notes on post-its to tell him he’s in the wrong book, and to stop playing with the shapes.
And just as in the original, when Moose gets over excited along comes sensible Zebra to calm things down, to guide Moose in the ways of the shape book and to restore peace and harmony.
Which would have worked perfectly had Zebra not become horribly tangled up in a-curve-is-like-a-ribbon’s-wake and for all his wiggling he just can’t get free, even when a-cicle-is-like-a-polkadot tries to squash him out of the book.
And this time it’s Moose who comes to the rescue, who remembers that a circle can also be a hole for them to escape, and who finishes off the book with a star for his favourite friend.
While it starts as a shapes book, it’s not exactly your ideal guide to shapes. What it is is a genuinely funny book. It’s fun to read and fun to look through even if you don’t happen to have an adult on hand to do some reading for you and that makes it a win win around here.
I want my little ones to see story time as a time for imagination, for wonder, for laughter and for cozying up, to be something that they and I look forward to.
There are many many wonderful books that have a hidden or not so hidden educational agenda, stories that will teach a little geography, or introduce counting, or letters or any one of a number of things. But I think if we want to introduce reading as a treasure in itself, not just as a means to more information then books need to be first and foremost a wonderful story. I don’t doubt that our children are clever enough to know when they’re being subliminally educated and anything too worthy isn’t going to hit the favourites list. To be a favourite it’s got to be one that they love and one that I can bear reading again and again and again.
Circle Square Moose is exactly my idea of a great story book, especially for stories during the day when you want everyone to be a little more interactive, to look at the pictures and point out what’s going on.
And it seems it might just be one of Elma’s favourites too!
Last week Jess’ Rosalie has been making a new friend with Elmer’s New Friend it’s such a gorgeously colourful book and (SPOILERS) I love books for babies with a little mirror in the back, it’s so funny watching their expressions when they realise it’s them!
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