Monday, February 9, 2009

A "B" craft and some baby book reviews

As I've mentioned in my last few posts, the bookworm seems to have a thing for "B" words (hmm, "bookworm," "bibliophile"). All day long he points out buses, birds, bottles, blocks, beads, butterflies, etc. So, when we started to play around with drawing and crafting recently, "B" was an obvious place to start. First, a quick (relevant) book review:

The B Book (Bright & Early Books) (Paperback), by Stan Berenstain. He has always liked this book, which involves an alliterative tale of a big brown bear, a blue bull, and a beautiful baboon, and various "B" activities. I'm impressed that he sits still for this at this age, when he gets bored with many other books of this size (like a number of Seuss ones). He loves bringing it to me now that he knows the "B" means "buh." If he's particularly squirmy, I don't repeat the whole tale each page, but just the new part. (Instead of "big brown bear, blue bull, beautiful baboon, biking backwards, etc.," for instance, I just add "biking backwards" on that page).

Excerpt:

"Big brown bear, blue bull, beautiful baboon blowing bubbles biking backward..."

Infant's Interest: He prefers the less cluttered pages at the beginning of the book, but that will probably change as he ages.

Parent's Peeve: I just wish they made one of these for every letter. It would be a fun series. For all I know, they did, but I can't find it now.




In honor of the "B" book, we decided to make our own version.



Materials: Construction paper, glue stick, scissors, magazine clippings (we only did this for "baby"), pack of multicolored index cards, small piece of ribbon (I just used a fabric scrap).

Directions:

Using each of his favorite "B" words, we created a simple image out of construction paper to represent the item and mounted the creation on the unlined side of an index card.

Here are photos of a few of our pages.




I thought we would do 10, but I think it ended up around 14 instead. Today I hole-punched the top left corner and tied a piece of fabric through the holes. This way it will be easy to add others if the mood hits us.

What did the Bookworm REALLY do?
: Picked the background color for each item. Pressed down the pieces. Sometimes colored the backgrounds. Played with the glue stick and acted very excited to hold it, without actually making glue to paper contact. Enjoyed the finish product.

And because it feels like I can't post reviews as quickly as we read books (board books are SHORT!), here are reviews of the other "B" titles we've read and haven't yet blogged about:

Baby MacDonald Magnetic Puzzle Book (Baby Einstein) (Board book), by Julie Aigner-Clark. More of a toy than a book for us, this fun activity set includes magnetized animal farm pieces that match up with outlines on each page of the book. It keeps him quite happily occupied.

Excerpt:

"Help the rooster fly and land on the post, and crow 'cock-a-doodle-doo.'/Trot the cow out to the meadow, and she'll thank you with a 'moo!'"

Infant's Interest: The tractor and the pig get top billing.



Barcos y aviones/ Boats and Planes (En Marcha) (Spanish Edition) (Board book), by Sigmar. Our only Spanish book so far, this board book about boats and planes was a gift from a special auntie living in Spain. The book includes a small jigsaw puzzle.




Belly Button Book (Boynton on Board) (Board book), by Sandra Boynton. I (mom) was really excited to get this book, since he loves belly buttons and a few of Boynton's other books, but he wouldn't sit through it. I think the Belly Button book is hilarious, though, and look forward to him growing into it. The story involves a group of belly button loving hippos who collect on Belly Button Beach to admire their buttons. As usual, Boynton's prose is witty and clever.

Excerpt:

"Soon after dark, upon the beach, we sing a hippo song, and if you’re feeling in the mood, we hope you’ll sing along: 'Belly Belly Button, you’re oh so fine. Ooo, Belly Button, I’m so happy you’re mine.'"




Big Fish Little Fish (Board book), by Ed Heck. This large, padded board book has bold, bright, simple illustrations that I thought would really appeal to the bookworm. The short text follows two fish while describing various opposites (like above/below). He likes it, but won't get through quite the whole book. I'm not sure why. The images are a little repetitive, but since when did babies mind that? I suspect if we bought it and had it on our shelf for awhile, he'd come to enjoy it.

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