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Monday, 3 November 2014

Scarecrows, drumming and monster bedtime

Nov 2 2014

The Scarecrow's Wedding by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. The latest by these two, we've had this for a few months now. Julia Donaldson's are mostly easy to read and be listened to. There's time for some interaction and plenty of animal spotting with Axel's pictures. Who doesn't like a random squirrel!

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb By Al Perkins. Illustrated by Eric Gurney. This one comes from the US. It's not a story book particularly, just beats on the page. ("one thumb, two thumb, drumming on the drum").

I Love You Little Monster. Giles Andreae. Illustrated by Jess Mikhail.
We first got this one from the library about a year ago and it surprised me. I'm not a fan of calling kids little monsters, so wasn't expecting much. The monster is a bit of a red herring, the book is about a child's view of his parent kissing him goodnight while he pretends to sleep. The child is a monster and so is his dad. They're the nice kind of monsters that frequent Sesame Street and The Furchester Hotel. The first time I read it, I had a little tear and still do occasionally. There's a message to take your time and make time for the little things. I'm glad it's here in my first entry. Story time is the one time of day that excludes everything else, just me, my son and a book, awesome.

Our other ritual is to sing/recite Ning, Nang, Nong between the second and third book. I think I've hopefully done it slightly different every night. I think we're getting near to 1000 times now. Depending on tiredness and how we feel we interact. As Linus is approaching 3, the interaction is increasing and I feel he gets the stories more. I'll often try and pick a story based on something we've done or seen that day and see if I can get him to talk about it as we go along.

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