Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Reading in the tub

When Reid was small, we read many, many book over the course of a day because we would read to her whenever she had a potty break. This was my secret to have a potty trained kid who was only 11 months, by the way. Our lives seem busier now and we've gotten away from this habit. I read 3 books while Reid was in the tub, plus others at other times:
  • "Have You Seen the Crocodile?" by Colin West, one of the Discovery Toys Reading Together at Home collection - this book is a bit bloodthirsty in that the crocodile eats all of the animals that were looking for it but then again, maybe it is just realistic. Reid isn't disturbed by it, though.
  • The Hairy Toe, illustrated by Daniel Postgate, one of the Discovery Toys Reading Together at Home collection - this book was buried in a pile of books and magazines (because in my house, piles happen) for quite awhile. Reid remembered to quaver her voice when saying "Where's my hairy toe?", just like I've taught her.
  • Click, Clack, Splish, Splash: A Counting Adventure by Doreen Cronin and illustrate Betsy Lewin - I love this pair's work. We also have Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type, Giggle Giggle Quack, and Click Clack Quackity Quack. When we last read this book a few months ago, Reid and I counted the animals to determine their number. This time, she recognized all of the numerals from 1 to 10.
  • Little Monster's Scratch and Sniff Mystery by Mercer Mayer - the scratch and sniff bits of this book have long since lost their fragrance but the illustrations are full of details to discuss and the story is engaging.
  • Corduroy goes to the Fire Station based on the character created by Don Freeman, illustrated by Lisa McCue - it's hard to read a lift-the-flap book with so many flaps at the best of times but I tackled this one while braiding Reid's hair tonight. We finally worked out a system whereby Reid opened all of the flaps and then I read the text. We've had this book for months and we've never arrived at this taking turns thing until tonight.
  • Going on a Field Trip, a Read and Roll book, one of 3 featuring school buses as the main character - these books are for 0-3 year olds but, while Reid is no longer obsessed with school buses, she remains a big fan. It is a favourite to pull out when I say we have time for only a short story.

1 comment:

Karin said...

Ahhh! Sulienne used to love to read about Corduroy, but I don't remember if they were pop up books. It's been a few years, you know she will be 24 on the 16th! I remember the only milestone that bothered me was my 25th cause I thought "Jeepers, I'm not a kid anymore and I've lived a quarter of a century already.