One of the most interesting things about having multiple children is how quickly you see the differences in their personalities. It’s amazing to see how early they develop their own strong likes and dislikes. And what one liked isn’t necessarily something the next one will like. It’s one of my favorite parts of parenting, figuring out who each child is and getting to know him as a person.
These two books by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober are Ruth’s current favorite reads. She asks for them over and over again before bed. The concept is incredibly simple; on one page is a classic painting (Van Gogh, Degas, Rembrandt, Cassatt, Homer, da Vinci) and on the other are a few simple words. Ruth especially likes the paintings of babies and goes back to those over and over again.
This was John’s favorite book at the same age Ruth is now (about 18 months). He adored this little gorilla that lets out all the animals in the zoo in this wonderful book without words by Peggy Rathmann. His favorite page was the one with only the eyes of all the animals in the dark.
And this was David’s favorite. I must have read this every day at naptime and bedtime for about a year. This story has a lot of repetition which works great for this age. As the animals climbed on Mr. Horse’s back and he went off “Clip-clop, clippity-clop”, I would bounce David on my lap. The horse goes faster and faster at the urging of the animals until they all fall off “Plop-plop, ploppity plop”. Mr. Horse is worried but Cat and Dog and Pig and Duck just cry “Again!” And David would ask for it again with them.
And as always, head over to Read Aloud Thursday at Hope is the Word to check out what other moms and babies (of all ages) are reading.