Thursday, February 11, 2010

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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

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 I Love You Little Oneher 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.

I Love You

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.

Feb10_StickGirl 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 :)

For more books about love visit Feed Me Books Friday at The Adventure of Motherhood. For more story stretchers visit StArt at A Mommy’s Adventures.

19 comments:

Mama to 3 Blessings said...

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:) Nicole

Elise said...

How cute are those stick figures - with babies in their bellies. Savvy drew a picture of me the other day and did an enormous round circle. She said the circle was my "biiiiig belly" and inside she drew a few little tiny squiggles which were Tic Tac!

I am going to try and locate a copy of the first two books you mentioned in this post for Blakie. The Todd Parr book sounds great for Savvy. My wishlist for books is constantly growing!

I think scanning Anna's name for her Valentine cards is a brilliant idea. 20 cards is a lot of signing for a three year old, you have come up with a perfect solution.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

That is too adorable!

Christy said...

This is our FAVORITE book about love: http://www.amazon.com/Porcupining-Prickly-Story-Lisa-Wheeler/dp/0316989126

Ticia said...

Nice! For the longest time my niece would insist she was getting a baby brother for her birthday which was 2 months away at that time. He didn't come for another year. But, she was sure she'd get a baby brother.

Brimful Curiosities said...

The I Love You Book is one of our favorites as well, but I don't like the page where the kid hides the car keys. Not an action I want to encourage. Also, I find it hilarious that all the people in the book are wearing two different colored shoes!

Cindy said...

So funny that Anna keeps drawing prego stick figures. I think she is telling you something. :)

Debbie said...

So cute! Is Anna wanting a sibling?

The books sound great as well. I was hoping to get to the library and find some books more valentine related this week. Didn't make it though.

Michelle said...

I love the pregnant stick figures they are so cute! I will have to check out these books about love. Thank you for linking up to stART!

Wonder Mom said...

Love the pregnant people- kids crack me up!

vanessa said...

haha! Okay, I was going to say, is Anna trying to tell us some big news? Juliet recently came home from her friend's house (whose mother is pregnant) and announced that she (juliet) had a baby in her belly! We had not yet had the baby in the belly discussion, so it caught me by surprise!
I love Anna's drawings--they are so sweet.

sbswtp said...

Very cute :)

Jenny said...

I'm LOL about the pregnant stick figures. I can't say I've ever seen one of those before...too cute!

Adriana said...

Hmmmmm. I think that Anna is ready for a little sister. :) Diego drew one like that once when we made a card for a friend's babyshower. I was shocked because I didn't think that he really understood. Today he told me that baby dinosaurs do not come out of the mommy's bellies since they come out of eggs.

Adventure Mom Janna said...

Pregnant stick figures that's awesome!!!

Thanks for the recommended reads. I want to check out the Todd Par one.

Her picture kind of looks like Todd's on the cover.

Trudie said...

Thanks for the list of books, will see if I can find some of them here in SA.

shopannies said...

I love your choices

Gabriele said...

I love your choices and I am LOL at the pregnant stick figures :) I think she's got a sixth sense about something ;)
I hear you about the Love You Forever book. I bought that book ages ago when I first got pregnant b/c I had heard so many great things about it...and I do 'like' it as a book for myself, but I cannot imagine how it's a KIDS book, LOL!! I have never read it to Cheeky and never plan to ;)

Nadia@FunWithMama said...

Im always on the book lookout so thanks for the reviews...

Why didn't you like i love you forever? i think its a great book but i do agree that it may not be age appropriate as kids do not yet understand the growing old part and how life goes around ... but i think for like a 7-10 year old that would be a great book .

I have the i love you little one but i dunno.... my son never took to it.. it wasn't one of his faves but maybe my daughter will like it . I do think its a great calm book though!