Monday, January 27, 2014

Reading with Elliott

I am so thankful that Elliott truly loves to sit down and read with me. We spend at least an hour a day just sitting in our big green chair, reading story after story, me sending him off to fetch his next choice after we've completed one. He snuggles up to me and actually sits still, which is amazing for this kid. I love it. Proud mama. 

Two recent favorites:

Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis

The companion book to Not a Box, it's all about imagination and what the pig decides his stick wants to be today. Sometimes it's a baton and he's the leader of a band, sometimes it's a paintbrush and he creates a beautiful picture. 

Elliott loves seeing what the stick turns into on each page, giggling in anticipation as we turn the page. 

We've had it from the library for a few weeks and have probably read it 100 times. It's one of the very few that I don't cringe at seeing multiple times a day. That's saying a lot! 

Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb

This one is another fun one for both adults and kids! Paul is a fish swimming around his lonely bowl, when Bernadette suddenly drops in. She opens Paul's eyes to the wonderful world around their bowl, introducing him to all sort of new attractions. What appear to be boring objects to the reader -- a banana, a spoon, a vase of flowers -- is quite exciting to Paul who never knew these things existed before Bernadette showed him. The misunderstanding of what each object is definitely got giggles from my little guy!

The illustrations were lovely and the plot simple, but fun. Just enough text on the page where Elliott didn't lose interest. Would make a great toddler story time read aloud!

Thanks to Candlewick for the review copy!

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