Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Read To Your Bunny

Read to your bunny often
It's twenty minutes of fun.
It's twenty minutes of moonlight
And twenty minutes of sun.
Twenty old-favorite minutes
Twenty minutes brand-new,
Read to you bunny often
your bunny will read to you.

Rosemary Wells' Read to Your Bunny is one of Little One's favourite books. Every day and every evening, I read to Little One. She just loves books and being read to. The tactile sensation of touching the images and words with her fingers, feeling the pages of her books and being able to turn the pages really appeal to her. I am always amazed that she can sit on my lap and listen to two or three books in one sitting.

This is something that I love and treasure too. This special time I have with my daughter is priceless.

When she was in the NICU for the first two months of her life, I used to read to her every day. Even when she was in her incubator, I read to her. I don't know just what extent she was able to hear the stories from her books as I read, but I did it nonetheless. Sitting by her incubator/isolette every day, and not being able to hold her all the time like a new Mom would do if she were able to be at home with her newborn baby, I felt that was one of the things I could do to bond with my baby.

It's amazing, because now Little One knows just when to turn the pages of her books. She's heard the stories countless times and seems to really enjoy being read to.
Little One has been feeling icky and has had a fever on and off for the past few days (she's cutting her fifth tooth), but still wants to be read to. She even fell asleep on her play mat...hugging her copy of Read to Your Bunny! Funny kid!


jan said...

Reading to a child has always been one of the most rewarding pastimes for me. And it gives the child such a head start in life.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

I loved reading to Maya, too. And she loved it. At one point, she had "Madeline's Rescue" completely memorized, and would recite it to herself while turning the pages. It was so cute to hear her reading to herself in her crib. :)

It sounds to me like L.O. either has memorized the book, or she has learned that when your voice goes low in a certain way, it's the end of the page. Either way, she's a smart cookie, and you're a smart parent for fostering this love of reading!

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Here's a pic of Maya in her crib, after reading herself to sleep. :)


J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Oh, and I meant to tell you that Maya LOVED Rosemary Wells' books. My SIL used to give her a lot of the Max and Ruby books. She adored those.

t said...

Hey Chris! I love all the cute pics of the baby on Facebook. I also think it's so great that she loves being read to at such a young age; You are such an awesome Momma!

Work has been busy. I will try calling you on the weekend if you aren't too busy. Hugzzzzzzzzzzzzzzfor that adorable kid of yours.

C said...

I absolutely agree with you :) My husband laughs when I read to Little One because I use different voices for different characters and I make sound effects! :) She loves listening and I always get a few laughs and giggles out of her. I'm glad being read to is fun for her.

C said...

Thank you so much for sharing that priceless photo of Maya as a toddler reading herself to sleep! That is precious!

Interesting what you said about L.O. memorizing the book or recognizing voice changes at the end of the page. Babies are a whole lot more perceptive than adults think!

I'm going to look for more Ruby and Max books for L.O. So far, the only Wells book she has is "Read to Your Bunny".

C said...

Thanks! :) Actually, I think I don't have anything set in stone for the weekend. Friday we're having dinner with friends before my friend goes back to work after a year of maternity leave. I'm saving the weekend for cleaning and finishing all the bookkeeping for our accountant. Fun, eh? LOL! Yeah, give us a call. We should be home! xoxo

caninecologne said...

hi c - i loved loved loved reading to tc when she was a wee child. when she was a toddler and couldn't read yet, she would open the books and turn the pages and recite the story line by line - or sometimes she would embellish the story. that was always cute when she would change the inflections of her voice too....

favorites were, 'the giving tree', any of the Boynton books, the 'Madeline' books as well (like J's daughter) and 'Corduroy'.

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humpsNbump said...

We have Read To Your Bunny too. Thanks for sharing this. :)

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Oh, I just looked on Amazon, and there are a TON of Max and Ruby books. Most I don't know, because they came out more recently. But Maya did enjoy them.

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