"High above the city, no one heard the soft thud of feathers against glass. / No one saw the bird fall. / No one looked down ... / except Will."
Bookworm's interest at 18 months: He enjoyed this story. We've read it twice, and he sat through it both times, and interacted with me as we read it, particularly the second time. I made an effort to explain the illustrations in language he'd understand, and he used his signs to echo the story. For instance, I explained that the bird had fallen down. So he sat down too. Then he made an up sign, because we often say "What do you do when you fall down? You get back up." I explained that the bird couldn't get up by himself; he needed help. Then he did his help sign... etc. It is such a delight to see him start to consistently understand storylines. I've always loved reading to him, but now it is getting really fun.
"Let's go back to the yarn! Yes, turn the page back! / No! Keep going this way. Look! There are cardboard boxes!"
Bookworm's interest at 18 months: I knew we had a winner when he sat and read through it at the library, where he is always too overstimulated to read. He enjoyed it again when we got home (especially finding the yellow cat on every page). When we got to the end, he happily flipped back through it himself. When he saw a loan dog on the sofa, he made a bit of a "woof woof" sound, which excited us, since "W" is a new sound for him.
"Night is coming, creeping through the forest, / slipping through the valley, silencing the day. / Night is coming. Still are the feet. / Night is coming. Quiet is the land. / Night is coming. Calm is the heart."
Bookworm's interest at 18 months: We only made it halfway through this one, but I'm looking forward to reading through it more tomorrow. He had many new books at once today. He enjoyed identifying the animals he recognized, as well as the pumpkins.