Okay, so H is swarmed with books, she could read a different book a day and still have some left over, she has so many. Every day we get her more and more and more until actually those new shelves we bought from Ikea don’t actually have any room on them any more, but heck, let’s just buy that other book too…
Also, we’ve been really lucky to have some sent from HarperCollins via LoveAllBlogs, so I’m going to start a weekly post about the books H is loving at the moment. As we’ve such a huge backlog right now, I’m going to keep it to books we’re reading at the moment while including new ones, and as the days or weeks progress, I’m sure I’ll get up to date.
So, without further ado, Books We Love, Week One.
Dr. Seuss – Green Eggs and Ham. We picked up loads and loads of Dr. Seuss books at our local car boot sale, a bargain I was SO pleased with. Somehow we actually have two copies of this, so I’ll find a new home for the softcover one. This copy was a present I was given from an ex-boyfriend back in 2000. He was amazed I’d never read any Dr. Seuss, so bought me this and The Cat In The Hat so I’d have some which was very very kind of him. We’re still in touch (via Facebook), and if he were to ever read this, he’d probably be pleased that I’m reading it to H too.
H loves to recite parts of the rhyme when we read it, and it’s a really simple rhyming story, let’s all repeat “I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like it Sam I Am!” plenty of repetition and rhyming to help H’s language skills along, I give it a matter of days before she’s quoting something from it, as we’ve read it a few months now.
On reading the Wikipedia page, I had no idea that the book was a result of a bet – between Dr. Seuss and Bennet Cerf (the publisher) that a book couldn’t be written in only a few words. Those words being a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you – so just fifty in total. Cool!
Dr. Seuss (again!) – The Lorax. This was one we were sent by HarperCollins – and a bonus for me being a 1970’s child, my teenage 80’s years with The Comic Strip and so on, Rik Mayall is on the CD that comes with this version! Which obviously is far more exciting for me than H – it disturbed H a bit, so we’ll hold off a bit on the audio, and just stick to reading it.
This is a LONG book. Definitely the longest we’ve done in one sitting by a mile. The Lorax is Dr. Seuss’s eco-book – he’s trying to save the Truffula trees from the greedy Once-ler’s axe (as the Once-ler wants to make them into Thneeds) – and the Once-ler wont listen to The Lorax.
I think the overall message here is great – it’s something H needs to learn about, although at two and a half it’s still a little bit advanced for her – but I don’t see that as an issue as she’ll pick it up soon enough, especially as there’s an animated feature film coming up later this year. It’s never too early to learn about things that matter. This book is going to be with us a good few years yet…
Finally, one we got sent from HarperCollins again, after participating in the colouring in of Martha Bunny – a gorgeous hardback by Clara Vulliamy ‘Martha and the Bunny Brothers, I heart School’.
H will be starting school in just over a year and a half which terrifies me, due to her being an August baby. So I’m trying not to be pushy mum, and just let her want to discover things on her own – while trying to influence it in some way – and this fits the bill perfectly.
Martha is having her first day at school, you get to know a little bit about her and her two brothers who put together the Happy Bunny Club. Any mention of school is minimal other than Martha being very excited and it being fun (I like this positivity). The book has such lovely colours in the illustrations – bright and cheery, this is definitely one of H’s favourites. Again, like The Lorax possibly a bit advanced, but that’s good as she wants it to be read to her, and it’s one that will be around for some time. In some ways the writing reminds me a bit of the Charlie and Lola books we have; there’s an innocence to them which makes it appealing for H as it’s things she has and likes too. This is only the start of the Martha and the Bunny Brothers series as well, so we’re definitely looking forward to reading more.