The books are very clever:
- a pea who is supposed to eat candy but prefers a dessert of spinach
- a pig who is supposed to be, well, a pig but prefers cleanliness
- an owl who is supposed to stay up late learning to be wise but prefers an early bedtime
Toddler Train Man enjoyed reading these books, but I'm not sure he quite understood the irony of them. In his world eating candy, being messy, and staying up all night is a dream world--what's funny about that?
We also picked up a few more of Rosenthal's books at the library:
Bedtime for Mommy was another one I really liked, but TTM didn't see as much humor in a child putting her mom to bed as I did. Alpha's Bet was a great story about how the order of letters in the alphabet was formed. This is also one that I think older children would have fun with--creating their own letter order and name for it.
Planting a Kiss is a sweet story about a girl who plants a kiss, then instead of hoarding her harvest she shares it with everyone...and finds that there's plenty to go around. We happened to go to a cranberry festival the same week we read this book and were able to plant a few things while we were there.
|a mini-cranberry bog|
What great children's books have you read lately? What activities have they inspired?