In case you’ve thought I’ve lost my mind, I’ve just read you Eva’s favorite book. Here, let me read you her second favorite:
Each page in this masterpiece has a picture of something, 10 eggs, five fish, etc. Lest you think of it as not having much depth, each page is a puzzle. I mean is it four presents or four gifts? Six flowers or six daisies? One birthday cake or one candle?
Eva has chosen these to be her favorites for one reason I believe. They have few words. Just like when I go to choose a birthday card for someone, if I open it up and see a long paragraph it’s going back to the rack. Just like when you log in here and see a long post and decide, “Meh, I’ll scroll for some Eva pics”. We make those decisions based on time and less rambling. She’s choosing these because she’s learning.
I think she enjoys the repetition because she is starting to recoginize the pattern. The picture of the train means “Choo Choo”. The book always starts with “One”. Her third favorite book has more words, but repeats one word often:
Bubbles, Bubbles on my nose
Bubbles, Bubbles on my toes
Bubbles, Bubbles in my hair
Bubbles, Bubbles everywhere
Bubbles, Bubbles fly so high
Count 1,2,3 as they go by
Bubbles, Bubbles are so fun
Bubbles, Bubbles for everyone!
Meanwhile Mom and Dad try to hide their dismay when somehow she digs through an entire pile of books and always pulls one of them out. “Really, we get to read Peek-A-Who again? Yeahhh…” I complain, but it’s worth it each time you read “Bubbles in my hair” and she giggles when you run your hand through her hair.
(For the scrollers….)