Check me out – two days in a row – woo hoooo!
I was so chuffed to get a response yesterday that I’ve been inspired to write again today. I’m working on the basis that getting into the habit of updating this regularly will help and that I don’t always have to write the reams and reams that I did yesterday!
I actually do have a couple of lovely story-related anecdotes from today, which have spurred me on to witter again. H’s copy of ‘Orange Pear Apple Bear’, by Emily Gravett, arrived (we have had the paperback out from the library a few times, but I felt that board book version might suit him better at this stage!) and both C and H had great fun with it! H just loves the simple story and pictures and he much preferred being able to handle the book to his heart’s desire, turning the pages back and forth at speed 🙂 C was very proud that he could ‘read’ the whole book to both me and H and it was the first thing he ran to tell his daddy when M arrived home from work.
As the weather was so gorgeous today, and M had got home a bit early for once, we decided to go for a walk in the fields near our house after the boys had had dinner. This, of course, involved some serious stick hunting and romping through long grass. Without any prompting, C referenced two books that we’ve read with him in the past, but neither of them particularly recently. He started reciting chunks of ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury as we traipsed through the “swishy, swashy grass” and the “squelchy, squerchy” mud, then he told us that his stick was called ‘Stanley’, after ‘Stanley’s Stick’, by John Hegley and Neal Layton. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside that all the reading we do isn’t an isolated activity and that it permeates through into his everyday life.
H is showing early signs of adopting his older brother’s tendency to have a ‘favourite page’ in every book and at bedtime this evening, we yet again spent a LONG time on the peek-a-boo page of ‘Pat the bunny’, by Dorothy Kunhardt. It’s so brilliant seeing his genuine happiness and hearing his belly laughs when you shout PEEK-A-BOO for what feels like the hundredth time 🙂
I had a couple of hours to do some more thinking / planning for Story Seekers today, so will try and make it three in a row and write about that tomorrow.