"At recess Henry decided to walk up to Chloe. 'You're not going to talk to a girl, are you?' said Sancho. / Henry did his best forward roll. / 'Show him what you can do, Chloe,' said Abby. / Chloe turned a perfect cartwheel. Henry was impressed."
Bookworm's interest at 2 years, 2 months: I wasn't sure he would like it. It is probably better suited for a slightly older child, but he sat through the entire thing, and pointed at the muffin. I think he understood that Henry "shared" his muffin, at least.
Parent's Peeve: In the beginning of the book, the line "He got ready for the day" accompanies an illustration of Henry in his underwear, from behind, standing in front of a toilet. It seemed like a weird choice to me. But it didn't ruin the book for me or anything. Hey, it might even help with potty training.
This next one certainly isn't a Valentine's Day book, but it occurred to me that it could make a sweet choice as a gift for the holiday, for a child or maybe even a quiet couple on their wedding day?
The Very Quiet Cricket (Hardcover), by Eric Carle. A young cricket is born. A big cricket says "Welcome!" and the little cricket tries to respond, "so he rubbed his wings together. But nothing happened. Not a sound." As he encounters all different insects - locust, praying mantis, worm, spittlebug, cicada, bumblebee, dragonfly, mosquito, luna moth - the scene repeats. Until he meets a female cricket. And then, see excerpt.
"As the luna moth disappeared silently into the distance, the cricket saw another cricket. She, too, was a very quiet cricket. Then he rubbed his wings together one more time. And this time . . . / he chirped the most beautiful sound she had ever heard."
Bookworm's interest at 2 years, 2 months: He loved making the book do the chirping sound, of course. I feared he wouldn't really let me read it to him once we got it home, and would just want to keep turning to the back to hear the chirp. But, I was happy that he sat through and enjoyed the whole thing, helping to name some of the insects.
Parent's Peeve: The same line repeats often. I mean, very often. That is, it repeats. Often. But, you know, kids like that. Often.
I was hoping to get this one today (I love the cover), but all of the copies were out (no surprise -- I should probably start putting hold requests on Easter books).
Here is a link to other Valentine's Day/love-themed books we have reviewed in the past.
Do you buy Valentine's Day gifts for you kids? I haven't bought anything yet. I am leaning toward just making him some muffins in heart-shaped muffin cups. I did buy a new puzzle for him, but I gave it to him as soon as it arrived today. I do feel a new book order coming on soon ...
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