Drowning in a Sea of Words (and Pictures)

Drowning in a Sea of Words (and Pictures)

The title of my last post and the previous snow day post are from the book Snow by Uri Shulevitz. It is one of Simon’s (many) favorites. The first time it snowed this season, he stood with Micah on our front steps and said, “I am a boy and you are a dog.” In reference to the line in the book, “‘It’s snowing,’ said boy with dog.” We still get a kick out of that, as you can imagine.I love that Simon loves reading so much. I love it when he makes references to things that we’ve read, or when he pretends to be a character from a book. I love sharing stories that I grew up with and I love finding new treasures that we both enjoy. It’s so exciting to me. Some of my favorite memories are of going to the library, checking out the 21 books that were the maximum number we could have out at a time, and then sitting on the couch with my mom while she read them to us and I’m so happy that Simon seems to get the same joy out of such things.

I thought I’d share some of the books we’re loving these days, for your own enjoyment. And if you have any to recommend, please do so in the comments.
First, A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno. I remember my librarian reading this to us when I was in elementary school, then playing the weather-telling game at recess for days afterward. I used it in a Primary activity last week and the kids loved it. They could have kicked their shoes off for hours. I highly recommend it.

Quick as a Cricket by Don and Audrey Wood. I’m a huge fan of the Woods. This one is perfect for Simon’s level, as is Piggies. I remember loving Heckedy Peg back in the day, but I think it may be a bit too much for Simon right now. (Remind me to tell you about how I freaked him out about broken legs and amputations during FHE the other week . . . I’m such a good mom.) Simon also loves The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear.
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. As well as the other Frog and Toad books. Of course. I was a little nervous that he wouldn’t be able to stay with me through all of the stories in the book, but he really enjoyed them.

And finally, The Pigeon books by Mo Willems. We’ve been able to get Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy at our local library, but there are several more. I’ll let Simon read this one to you himself. It’s fun.

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