There are some children’s book that are made for parents. For example, I love the gorgeous artwork and the lyrical text of Only You by Robin Cruise and the sentimental sweetness of Someday by Alison McGhee, but my daughter isn’t particularly attached to either of them. I’ll pull them out at bedtime (or anytime throughout the day) and try to woo her into the melodic words and the charming illustrations to no avail.
She usually ends up pulling them out of my hands and putting Leslie Patricelli’s books there instead. Leslie Patricelli’s board book collection features strong, sturdy pages, colorful backdrops, and simple pictures starring a diaper-clad baby with beady eyes, a square nose, and a one-dimensional smile. Her books teach “lessons.” For example, Yummy Yucky instructs little ones that “Soup is yummy,” but “Soap is yucky.” No No Yes Yes shows little ones that no, they should not eat dog food, but yes, they should eat a banana.
As a parent, I don’t love the pictures and I even sort-of am turned off by the fact that the book features a baby wearing only a diaper (since I don’t really want to teach my daughter that that is normal…). I also think some of the scenarios are a bit “weird” for a children’s book. For example, the Yummy Yucky book features page spreads that say “burgers are yummy, boogers are yuggy” and “eggs are yummy, earwax is yucky” with corresponding illustrations demonstrating those actions. I wondered as I read if my daughter would see those “bad habits” and mimic them. I am relieved to say that she hasn’t copied any of the “no, no” behaviors and – actually- perhaps they are even teaching her some good things, after all.
One thing is certain: Patricelli’s books are definitely among my daughter’s favorite books to read at bedtime…or anytime for that matter.
YOUR TURN: Are there certain books that you love, but your baby doesn’t or vice versa?
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