My 2-Year-Old Judges Books By Their Covers
My son will be 3 years old in June, and I love the fact that he’s into reading. A day usually doesn’t go by without him asking me or his mom to sit down and read a book with him.
During all those reading sessions, I’ve learned that he’s an imaginative little guy.
So I decided to put that imagination to use and see what he thinks about the books I read, not just the books about Elmo and Thomas The Train and Lightning McQueen.
So I grabbed a bunch of classic books, got him to sit in my lap, showed him the cover of each book, and then asked him one question: “What do you think this book is about?”
He took it from there:
This Side of Paradise
“It’s about a castle. There’s a lion inside the castle. Roar! He likes it.”
“This book is about feet. They are lion feet and they stomp things.”
“It’s about eating lunch. They eat salad and cake. All they do is eat.”
“This book is about singing. It’s about singing ‘Barbara Ann.’ Those are the lights, and there are lions in those lights.”
“That man is dark. He is walking. I don’t know where he’s walking. He’s going to put the groceries on the shelves, and then he is going to eat the boxes.”
“This is about the mountains, and there is slippery sand. The man doesn’t got a face. I have a face and the crocodile has a face, and he does not have a face, but he is going to be okay without a face.”
“It’s about babies, and they are swinging into the water. They don’t got any shirts on. They are going to go right in the hole and that is their house and they are going to play with toys. And there is a lion in the house.”
“It’s about a castle. There is a big skunk at the castle. He is not feeling better, because the lion is trying to catch him.”
“It’s about a yucky pond, and she has a button on her shirt. She lost her button in the pond.”
“This is about a bridge. This is about a table. What is that?”
That, my friends, is literary criticism in its highest form.
Not only did my son provide excellent reading tips when he was a one year old, now he can give you a wonderful idea of what these books are about by simply looking at their covers. I should probably just let him take over this blog–although I get the feeling it might turn into a blog about lions or Beach Boys songs.
One cool thing about this post. To make him excited about doing it, I called it “The Book Game.” Now, every night, he asks to play The Book Game. How about that? What a great way to introduce your kids to literature!
*Hat tip to Sunny Chanel at Babble, who gave me the idea for this post when she did the same thing with her six-year-old daughter.