January 22, 2013

What Eleanor's Reading: A List of Five

Well, technically Eleanor reads things like "Dad. D-A-D. Dad." and "E-L-E-A-N-O-R! That's me! I'm Eleanor!" But, she loves it when I read to her, and she has a particular knack for latching onto the same few books, and wanting them over and over and over again.

So here's what Eleanor's been selecting: 

The Easter Bunny's Assistant by Jan Thomas. 

Known in these parts as "that skunk book". The Easter Bunny is trying to teach the reader how to dye eggs, with Skunk's assistance. But sadly, Skunk keeps getting too excited about the beautiful eggs, and we all know what happens when skunks get excited. Will the Easter Bunny find a way to survive the smell? Or will he have to get rid of Skunk? I personally find this one a little dumb. But Eleanor giggles and giggles every time. Jan Thomas gets 2.5-year-old humor I guess.

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans.

The funny thing about re-reading stories I'm so familiar with is seeing them again through Eleanor's eyes. She points out little details about the illustrations ("Their faces are so sad Mommy!") that I wouldn't have even noticed. But as usual, I love the spunky Madeline, and chuckle about all the other little girls who want to have their appendixes out too. I'm wondering if maybe I could talk Eleanor into ditching the Minnie Mouse wall appliques and going with a Madeline theme for her bedroom?

Curious George and the Dump Truck by H.A. Rey.

Yup, that George is at it again. This time he is so curious about a dump truck at the park that he climbs inside, and upends its load into a pond. Luckily for George the ducks like the new dirt pile, and make it their island, so everyone is happy. There's this great line that says, "What could be better than a truck full of dirt?" Lots of things George, lots of things.


Meeow and the Blue Table by Sebastien Braun. 

I wrote about this one back in October. We took a little Meeow break over the holidays, what with all the Christmas books, but Eleanor was so excited to find this one at the library again last week. We've read it about six times a day since then.

Little Bunny Follows His Nose by Katherine Howard.

This one is a relic of my childhood. It's supposed to be a scratch-n-sniff, although the smell pretty much wore off a long time ago. You can still faintly smell the pickle page, but Eleanor refuses to sniff that one anyway, since she doesn't like pickles. It's a cute story of a small bunny exploring the smells in the world around him. He sets off because his mother told him to "Follow your nose and see where it takes you." Eleanor keeps saying, "I can't follow my nose Mommy, because it's stuck on!" so I'm not entirely sure that she's grasped what "follow your nose" actually means.

What have you/your kids been reading?

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