Feed Me Books Friday has a challenge to write about the favorite books about love. You’d think that it would be easy for me – we read so much here. Instead, the book that keeps popping up in my head is the one that is very popular and I completely hated – Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. It’s not necessary a bad book by itself, but in my mind it’s totally not appropriate for young children. But I digress. Let’s talk about the books that we enjoyed over years.
ABC I Love You is a book that we enjoyed when Anna was about 1 year old. We got it from a friend whose son outgrew this book. It’s a rhymed story with beautiful pictures, but at the same time it introduces some pretty complex vocabulary. It was popular in the house until Anna was about 2, and now it went to another child who will probably enjoy the story as much as we did.
We are big fans of Nancy Tafuri and read many books of her when Anna was between 18 months and about 30 months. I Love You, Little One is a very lovely book, and has a sister book that is called You Are Special, Little One. It has something that toddlers appreciate – repetition, and the adults can appreciate the message how universal love is. I always love it when Anna solemnly tells me in the evening, Mama, I will love you forever and ever and always – a quote from this book that she adopted as her own.
My readers know that recently we really enjoy books by Todd Parr. So this Valentine Day (Anna is 3 years 3 months old now) one of our favorites was his I Love You book. Todd Parr drawing style is very distinct, and Anna can relate well to his simple words of unconditional love. It’s also bright and cheerful, silly on some pages, profound on others. We don’t own this book, but I think I am going to get it, because I have a personal goal to learn to draw in Todd Parr style. I am terrible at drawing, but somehow his drawings look like something I can do if I practice.
We didn’t really make a dedicated StArt project this week, but as Anna was reluctantly working on decorating the remainder of her preschool Valentine cards, I asked her if she wants to draw a picture on the card. She made several cards with stick figures. This is the best one. All of them were having babies in their bellies (see the circle in the middle). Her teachers told us today that she draws pregnant stick figures in school too and insists that it’s her mommy with a baby brother in her belly. Obviously she knows something I don’t :)