I am so proud of how Miss Bee is developing her literacy skills. She adores books, so much so we have to limit the number of bedtime stories to 3…OK sometimes 4. Even then she can be heard asking for just one more with an imploring request “Wild thing are book” or maybe “Pock dogs book!”.
One of the current favourites is The Pocket Dogs. She amazes me by recalling many aspects of the story. I asked her “Who did Mr Pockets have in his coat pocket?” I thought she’d reply “dog” or maybe “Pocket Dogs” but nope. She said “Biff Buff” (The dogs names are Biff and Buff). Then when I asked her what would happen if Biff fell out of the pocket? She said “fall head”.
The other book of the moment is Llama Llama Red Pyjama. When we read that she can recall and complete the text. If I say Llama Llama ____ ________ she will add “red pyjama”. If I say weeping wailing for his_____ she will say Mama. When I say “mama Llama…” She’ll add “RUN RUN RUN”.
Her other favoured story is Where the Wild Things Are. She loves to pretend to roar a terrible roar, gnash her terrible teeth, roll her terrible eyes and show her terrible claws. The very best variation is when we substitute the main character Max to make it a book about her by using her name instead… Miss Bee is the queen of all the wild things.
Large love heart eyes for Hairy Maclary and the entire series. Of course the favoured book is the classic Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy. Big Horse, Hay, Pots, Crumb, Bony and of course HairyClary who is now a soft toy friend too.
We read to her from birth and by four months old she could turn the pages in a book (yes, I have it on video!). It is music to my ears hearing her retell her stories and falling in love with reading.