For those of you new to the blog this week, every Wednesday we choose one book that is a favorite of our little guy to give a virtual "Watermelon Award" to (picky toddler eating may necessitate the recoining of this term to "popcorn award," "orange juice award," or "No way am I eating anything ever award," but for now we'll stick with the Watermelon Award for consistency's sake.). While I make sure to always pick HIS favorites for this award, regardless of how much I like the book, I admit I may have swayed him toward this book when we first bought it, so strong was my own childhood affection for it.
This week's winner is...
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Hardcover), by Al Perkins. This is one of my favorite books to read aloud. The rhythm of the text is very fun, focusing on various "handy" activities, like wearing rings, picking an apple, waving goodbye, and (most importantly) drumming "dum ditty dum ditty dum dum dum." The illustrations keep his interest really well. He interacts with nearly every page in one way or another. I love that the monkeys have sideburns.
"One hand/Two hands/Drumming on a drum./Dum Ditty/Dum Ditty/Dum dum dum."
Bookworm's interest at 16 months: He loves the whole thing, especially drumming on the pages, and pointing to mom's wedding ring when we read the "rings on fingers" page.
Since we seem to be on a bit of an animal theme with our reviews lately, I'll add a couple of other reviews here. I would heartily recommend these two books to kids of any age, and buy them as baby/shower gifts. With that said, our bibliophile didn't take to them as read-alouds. He might change his mind when he is reading himself (or, you know, the wind blows...fickle toddlers and all).
Sheep in a Shop (Board book), by Nancy E. Shaw. Like "Sheep in a Jeep" (which we reviewed here), this board book's fun rhyming text makes it a perfect read-aloud. The story involves a group of sheep picking out a birthday gift, and a clever ending explains how they solve the problem of coming up short at the register. Hopefully he'll grow into it.
"Sheep blink. Sheep think. What can they swap to pay the shop? Sheep clip wool, three bags full."
Bookworm's interest at 14 months: I wish I could say that our baby bookworm loved it, but at 14 months, he truly wouldn't pay attention to it.
Is Your Mama a Llama? (Paperback), by Deborah Guarino. This classic story involves a llama asking various animals about their mothers, and the rhyming text makes this a fun book to read aloud.
Bookworm's interest at under 12 months: So much for getting used to a book in the womb. I read this book quite a few times while pregnant, and he usually won't even look at it. Something about the drawings just doesn't appeal to him yet.
Are there any classic oft-praised books that your kids just won't take to? Leave us a comment and tell us about them so I don't feel so bad!