Monday, February 7, 2011

Green Eggs and Ham

In case you didn't know (or haven't seen my 365 Project picture of the day), let me tell you that Jax has moved on from just regular old board books to the more interesting (and more expensive) picture books.  This is exciting because although I'm still reading those beloved board books to Em several times a day, Jax gives me some new material with an actual plot.  As a former English teacher, I am happy to be able to ask him questions about plot and character motivation (in a very simplistic manner, I assure you!) rather than boring myself silly with the mundane but necessary questions about color and labeling (Where is the doggy?  What color is the ball?).  Might seem simple to you, but we take all victories, however small, very seriously up in these parts.

With pictures books come old favorites, and having just attended a baby shower in Connecticut this weekend where my dear friend was inundated with books for her son's first library, classics like
Make Way For Ducklings and I Love You Through and Through are fresh in my mind.  Even the ever-popular but slightly creepy Love You Forever made its appearance, and the timeless Dr. Seuss tales.  I don't know if I have mentioned this, but Jax has a deep love for Theodore Geisel (that's Dr. Seuss's real name, you know.  Oh, you thought he was really a doctor and his last name was really Seuss?  Sorry to disillusion you).  He loves how the Cat in the Hat says, "So so so!" and how the dude from Green Eggs and Ham says, "Say!" when he learns something new.  He likes hearing me try my best to read Fox in Sox and has been obsessed with the Dr. S ABC's book for a while.  If you think your kid is too young for these books, think again.  Their lyrical nature and funny phrasing make kids laugh even when they have no idea what's going on.  And sometimes I don't have any idea what's happening either, to be honest.

Wow, this is turning out to be a post about books rather than a post about eggs.  No matter.  I'm going to start doing a weekly book review/suggestion post for your kiddos this week anyway--consider this an appetizer.  But let me get to the point anyhow.  Here's what we do when our toddler monster, who happens to love Dr. Seuss, wakes up on the wrong side of the crib.  We make some green eggs and ham, and the day is suddenly looking up!

I think me and my new free-wheeling use of food coloring is going to get me in trouble very soon.  But for now, we just mop up the floor and blot out the rug before any serious staining occurs.

Nothing says good morning like a colorful breakfast that encourages baby boy to keep reading!

And to eat more than two bites of anything that isn't dripping in syrup or covered in peanut butter.  That's always a bonus, too!


Tammy said...

Is he kissing the green eggs and ham?

Karen said...

Iam going to have to try this. For 2 reasons: 1.) Maybe it will get them to have more fun with reading 2.) Maybe they will eat something else. Thats it I have to buyfood coloring!