Monday, May 14, 2012

Guest Blogger: Monday Media - What We're Reading with Our Two Year Old Boy

Meghan Maresh is a contributing blogger from Massachusetts, in the U.S.  Formerly a high school physics teacher, she now has just one student - her 2 year old called WeeMoose.  

WeeMoose is a big fan of reading, of the books themselves and how asking to read one gets Momma to sit down for a few minutes!  Here are a few we've enjoyed recently:



P.B. Bear's Treasure Hunt by Lee Davis is a simple rebus book, and WeeMoose can name all of the picture-words to help tell the story, and he sometimes finishes the sentences, too.  We've read this one many times.
Amazon Link: P.B. Bear's Treasure Hunt

The Little Airplane by Lois Lenski.  I love the illustrations here, but I've liked her work since I was a kid reading the Betsy, Tacy & Tib books (by Maud Hart Lovelace) that she illustrated.  The text is surprisingly detailed, discussing how one aileron should be lifted while the other descends in order to make a turn and so forth.
Amazon Link: The Little Airplane
The Little Airplane (Lois Lenski Books)

The Crossing written by Philip Booth in 1953 and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline in 2002 has such compelling pictures, it hasn't mattered yet that I don't understand all of the railroad terms being used (what is hotbox smoke?).  It is especially satisfying to me that in the illustration showing the whole train that there are actually 100 train cars there.




People by Peter Spier has such a nice message of acceptance of people's differences, but in the meantime the illustrations can be looked at for a long time.  You can read it fast or slow, depending on how much detail you want to pay attention to that day. 





The Country Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown of Goodnight Moon fame has lots of opportunities to participate, in literal question-and-answer form.  Cock-a-doodle-doo, what was that?  I like that she doesn't provide the onomotopoeia for some of the sounds, but leaves it to the reader to make the sounds - the wind and mosquitoes, for instance.
Amazon link: Country Noisy Book


Happy reading!

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