dimanche 17 juillet 2011

Baby Books

I've gotten into the habit of giving children's books to my friends whenever I go to their baby shower. I just think the younger you start reading to your babies, the better!

And the other day I discovered another amazing perk of books: as I was holding my friend's 6-month-old, who wouldn't stop crying, I grabbed a soft book from the shelf in her room... and she stopped crying! She sat in my arms and looked at the pages of the book for a good half-hour. It calmed her right down and my friend was able to put her to sleep. Magic!

I'm going to a baby shower today and I bought a board book called "My Many Colored Days". It's an unknown (to me, at least) Dr. Seuss book about dealing with different emotions... perfect for toddlers! And I'm sure babies will love all the brightly coloured paintings.

Some days are yellow.
Some days are blue.
On different days I'm different too.
You'd be surprised how many ways
I change on Different Colored Days.
On Bright Red Days
how good it feels
to be a horse
and kick my heels!
On other days I'm other things.
On Bright Blue Days
I flap my wings.
Some days, of course,
feel sort of Brown.
Then I feel slow, and low, low down.
Then comes a Yellow Day.
And, wheeeeeeeee
I am a busy, buzzy bee.
Gray Day... Everything is gray.
I watch. But nothing moves today.
Then all of a sudden
I'm a circus seal!
On my Orange Days
that's how I feel.
Green Days. Deep deep in the sea.
Cool and quiet fish. That's me.
On Purple Days I'm sad.
I groan. I drag my tail.
I walk alone.
But when my days are Happy Pink
it's great to jump and just not think.
Then come my Black Days.
Mad. And loud.
I howl.
I growl at every cloud.
Then comes a Mixed-Up Day.
And wham! 
I don't know who or what I am!
But it all turns out all right, you see.
And I go back to being... me.

(Hmm, as I recopied that I noticed the strange capitalization in the book... I wonder if that's how Dr. Seuss actually wrote it or if that's the work of his editors? This book was published posthumously.)

3 commentaires:

  1. That is a fantastic idea! I think think that far too often people don't actually read real books enough. I am very guilty of it because I can't sit still, so I compromise and listen to books on tape while I draw or make beaded jewelry. One of these days I hope to be able to sit still again. Ciao from Italy!!

  2. Hey Andrea! I've always been a huge bookworm -- AND a huge fan of kids' books in general because I love the fact that they combine words AND art. :)

    Hope you're having a great time in Italy!
    (What are you doing on the Internet? Get out there and explore! hehehe! Thanks for taking the time to comment!)

  3. Italy is great and I'm having a great time taking tons of pictures. I'll post them when I get back. The internet here has been pretty flaky. It was raining cats and dogs when I commented. So I thought I'd take some time and catch up on some online reading while I was drying out.