Monday, March 16, 2009

For the love of reading

I love reading books to both of my girls. Some of their favorites are Dr. Seuss, which is great because those are some of my favorites to read to them. Seesa has recently been really interested in writing "books" of her own. She draws different pictures, puts them together and creates a story. At first, she'd recite the story for me to write next to the pictures she'd drawn. Lately, she wants to write the sentences herself. She asks how to spell each word, then writes it out in her book.

Her latest book is about houses. Each page has a different colored house on it, and describes that particular house, "some houses are red", "some houses are yellow", "some houses are black", etc. What really melted my heart, was when she brought me her favorite book, Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, and told me that it was the book that gave her the idea for her book about houses.

Milly loves a good book too. Her current favorite is called A Pony for a Princess. Here's how the reading of this book to Milly plays out,

Belle picked out a book from the castle library. Then she looked out the window. The sun was shining. "I think I will read outside today," she said.
Why she going outside Mommy?
Because the sun is shining honey.
Belle left the castle. She walked past the barn. There was a big pile of hay by the barn.
Why hay by the barn Mommy?
Well, let's just see.
She walked past the apple tree. There was a big basket of apples under the tree. Belle sat down to read.
Why she sitting Mommy?
Because she doesn't want to read standing up.
Belle read and read. Before long, she felt hungry.
Why Belle hungry Mommy?
I guess it was lunchtime honey.
Belle put down her book. She walked back to the castle to get some lunch.
Why go to the castle Mommy?
Because that's where the food is.
Belle put a sandwich, some lemonade, and some sugar cubes into a picnic basket. "And I will pick an apple for dessert," she said.
Why apple Mommy?
Apples are good for you honey.
Belle went back outside. She walked past the barn. The hay was gone! "That is odd," Belle said.
Why odd Mommy?
That means weird.
She walked past the apple tree. The basket was empty! "Who could have eaten all the apples?" Belle asked.
Who eat the apples Mommy?
I bet we are about to find out!
Belle looked this way. Belle looked that way. Then she saw something behind a bush. It was a wild pony!
Why wild pony Mommy?
Because the pony was wild.
Belle stepped closer. But the pony was scared. It ran this way....and it ran that way. But the pony would not come to Belle.
Why the pony scared Mommy?
Just stick with me here babe, the plot's just starting to thicken!
Belle had an idea. She took the sugar cubes from the picnic basket. She placed them in a row on the grass. Then she stepped back.
Why she stepped back Mommy?
To see what would happen honey!
The pony ate one sugar cube. Then it ate another. And another. Soon the pony was right next to Belle!
Why the pony next to Belle Mommy?
Sugar works wonders that way.
Belle held out the last sugar cube. The pony ate it right from her hand! She reached out to pat the pony's soft nose.
Why she pat pony nose Mommy?
Who doesn't want to pat a pony honey?
Belle was happy. She led the pretty pony to the barn.
Why she put pony in the barn Mommy?
So she can pat him anytime she wants.
And before long, the princess and the pony became great friends.
Why friends Mommy?
Wouldn't you be the pony's friend too, if you were the princess?

And she is my princess, despite the Spanish Inquisition!


Christy said...

Oh my god that was so funny - you have such patience! And what an adorable photo at the end! I'm lucky if my daughter doesn't try to eat the books right now. :)

Rachel said...


Yes, some days it's all I can do to holler: If you LISTEN to the story, you might find out WHY!!!

Kat said...

So funny! My daughter asks so many questions while we are reading. They get so into the story. After the story is done I always ask her to tell me some more. Like, tell me the story of what you think Belle would do next?

I love the house book that Seesa made. She's so creative! That would be a great project to work on here too.

Sophie, Inzaburbs said...

It's a great house book. I'm impressed how she "got" the structure of childrens books.

And I remember when my daughter had "Pony for a Princess" out of the library. I was so happy to take it back! Although in our case the questions were entirely about the hay. Why is the hay there? What is hay? Where did the hay go? I think it is a highly perplexing book - and you are highly patient!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Hmmmm. I see this coming in my future. Lots of "Mommy? Mommmy? Mommy?" from my daughter.

Get the book, Come Over to My House by Theo. LeSieg (actually - that's a pen name for Dr. Seuss - so it's still a Seuss book). It's one of our favorites and ALL ABOUT houses.

Heather said...

Oh this sounds way to familiar.

Love that picture those hands are great.

Lucy said...

I forgot how much fun it can be to read to a little one. It has been a loooong time since I had to read a book to a little one.
I kind of feel guilty now on the nights I was soooo tired and I would try to skip a page. My little ones caught me everytime.
Thanks for bringing back the memories!

butwhymommy said...

Too cute.

I now get criticized if I don't read a book right. "That's not right momma. Do it again." Can't wait until she learns to read.

Julia@SometimesLucid said...

Wow - you have patience. More often than not I hear myself saying, "Just be quiet and listen to the story". Your way is much better.

Issas Crazy World said...

At some point that will stop. And then you'll find yourself missing it. A bit at least. :)

anymommy said...

It's so incredible when they show you how much something means to them - like reading books. Love it.

Kirsten said...

Oy. You have more patience than me.

Hope Floats said...

aww what a cute picture!

Zip n Tizzy said...

Those hands are a riot!

We love to read too. My husband came home from the library last weekend with a dozen Dr. Suess books that were from his early years and unfamiliar to me. Really interesting to see where he'd started, and how he'd progressed as a writer.


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