Bookworm's interest at 23 months: I thought it was adorable that he ran to an ottoman and climbed up on it when we first read the page with the monkey climbing on the rock. Since then, Daddy and I have read the whole book to him quite a few times, and he loves showing off that he can "read" the words "tall," "bobo," and "mommy."
Parent's Peeve: None; I love this one!
"'Mommy, I want to tell you . . . ," Lola whispered. 'Can it wait, angel?' said Mommy. 'You'll be late for school.' / On the school bus, it was much too noisy for Lola to say her special words."
Bookworm's interest at 23 months: He picked this one off the shelf himself at the book sale and insisted we buy it, every time I asked him if he was sure. Once we got home, he didn't make it all the way through. I'm not sure he really got what it was about. We'll keep trying.
Parent's Peeve: I like the idea of the story, and the parents being busy, etc. But trying to share the special words with various people throughout the day at school (like chasing after "Frankie, the Skateboard King" to try to "say her special words to him") didn't appeal to me as much. It is still a cute story, though, and I don't regret buying it.
"Some mothers are purry; all mothers are wonderfully warm. / They cradle and cuddle and coddle and huddle and spread out their wings in a storm. " "Like many birds, these mute swans sit carefully atop their babies. When the nestlings are older, parent birds shield them with their wings from wet or chilly weather."
Bookworm's interest at 23 months: He enjoys sitting as we read this together. I think he just likes listening to the rhythmic text (me too!), and he always says, "Mama!" when we get to the orangutan page, because I love seeing orangutans at the zoo.
Parent's Peeve: I agree with the amazon customer review that some of the text - like this "They're good at respecting, directing, protecting and teaching their offspring to fly. They separate hagglers and bring in the stragglers and know when (or not) to ask why" - is a little over the head of young readers. But I really enjoy reading it aloud, so I don't mind very much. While I like my son to understand what we read, I think books like this can also give him an appreciation for the rhythm of poetry and language generally, and that's equally important to me.
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