This week's Weekly Geeks

April 2nd was International Children's Book Day. And April is National Poetry Month. In celebration, I have two lovely options for you this week:

Option A: Be a kid!
You could read a picture book (or two or three) and share what you read.
Write up a post sharing your favorite books from childhood.
Write up a post about reading together with your child(ren).

Option B: Be a poet!
Write your own poem and share with us!
Write bookish ABC poems--ABC's of favorite authors, favorite books, favorite characters, favorite book blogs, or any combination of the above. Maybe even an ABC's of a bibliophile or book addict. (A is for...B is for...etc.)(For example, ABC's of Dr. Seuss)
Review a book you've read recently in haiku. (It doesn't need to be a poetry book you're reviewing, any book will do.) See Emilyreads for an idea of what I mean.
Read a poetry book and review it.
Participate in Poetry Friday (This week's host will be Carol's Corner.)

I chose Option A (reading together with your child).

ISBN-13: 9780763624422
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Published: September 2004
32 pgs
Illustrator: Anita Jeram

I found this book when I was browsing my books at a bookstore yesterday. The title caught my attention, and I bought it knowing that my 5-year-old girl will appreciate it.

Every night, before the three little cubs go to sleep, their Mummy and Daddy bears will tell them that they are the most wonderful baby bears in the world. But one day, the three cubs start to wonder if this is true. After all, they can't be all the best, can they? What if Mommy or Daddy like my brother or sister more than me? One would think.

Through the lovely illustrations by Anita Jeram, she convinces her young readers how different and unique each baby bear is and why they are all so special to Mommy and Daddy. I have to say Anita's illustrations have perfectly captured each bear's sentiment, and from an adult's perspective it really warms my heart.

While reading this story to my daughter, I could tell she was totally engrossed in the story and she was very much taken in by the situation and the expressions of the three little cubs. I am sure she could relate to this story because she has a younger sister who is now 6-months-old and she will sometimes tell us that we are showing more attention to the baby than her. She does love her little sister and is very protective of her, but it is just that she feels a little insecure about it. I suppose this is a stage where each and every elder child will go through, and I am happy this book has made her understand more about the situation and brought us even closer than before.

12 Responses
  1. Ana S. Says:

    This sounds like such a cute book :D I'm glad you and your daughter had fun with it! And I think the insecurity is only natural. I'm told that my brother, who is 3 years older, slapped me in the face when I first came home from the hospital :P

  2. Maree Says:

    My wee boy is still at the book-eating stage, but I like getting titles for future reference :)

  3. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    I love kids books. I stopped reading to my kids when they began reading on their own. But inspired by Carrie and Books and Movies, I've been reading to them again, YA novels, and they love it! It has inspired my son to sit down and read himself (he is usually too hyper to do so!).

  4. Unknown Says:

    I love books which help your child to understand a situation. I have a similar book suitable for children who are a bit younger (3 or 4) called Flip and Flop, which helps children to understand why their brother/sister likes to play with other people as well as them. Like your book it is great for letting them know that they still love you, but need time with other people too.

  5. Julia Says:

    It is wonderful to read books with your children. I think those are the precious times that I would always remember. And it never too late to start your children into reading ;) :)

    Love the book cover, it sweet and the book sound like a good one :)

  6. How wonderful that you and your daughter can share the bond of reading. I'm convinced that I'm such an avid reader because my parents read to me. Sounds like the perfect book for your family--I can't believe that six months have already passed!

  7. Melody Says:

    Nymeth - Oh my! LOL. But yeah, I guess the insecurity is natural... hopefully she'll grow out of it when she's older. :)

    Maree - This is a great book! And yes, it's always good to get titles for future reference. :)

    Sandy - I love picture books! Some of the illustrations are so beautiful that they took my breath away!

    Jackie - Thanks for your recommendation! I'm going to check out Flip and Flop! :)

    Julia - I love the bonding time! I treasure every moment; they're all so precious to me. :) And I love the cover too!

    Trish - I'm trying to get my daughter into reading. Anyway, she loves books so I know I wouldn't have to worry too much about it. Anyway, it's always good to cultivate good reading habits from young, isn't it? :)

    I too can't believe that six months have passed just like that! My in-laws are already asking me when I'll start feeding her solid foods.

  8. The Bookworm Says:

    so cute, glad you two enjoyed it!
    for the older sibling to feel a bit insecure about the younger one, is normal. I went through that with my kids too, when I brought my daughter home from the hospital, my son asked if we could 'take her back' lol!

  9. Melody Says:

    Naida - Yes, gotta love the bonding! :D That's so cute about your son's remark!

  10. Dreamybee Says:

    This sounds like a great book to address a child's fear that you don't love them as much as _____.

    Just in the past few years my Grandma has started telling me, "You know, you're our favorite granddaughter. Don't tell the other ones though!" I secretly hope it's true, but I also secretly hope that she tells all the other granddaughters the same thing.

  11. Melody Says:

    Gautami - Thanks! :)

    Dreamybee - LOL. I'm sure every parent/grandparents would tell their children/grandchildren the same thing! :D

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