Open Your Eyes
Roz Abisch ~ Boche Kaplan
Parents' Magazine Press, 1964
I love that my son --at almost six-- still loves me to read him anything... from Percy Jackson to a toddler book about colors. As long as the pictures are good and/or the story is well-written, he will turn no book away. I can't tell you how many play dates we've had when a child finds a book in our house and I start to read and then they realize how long it is (as in a picture book with more than 36 words) and they ask me to stop and just go through and show them the pictures. With the exception of some children who just have a natural aversion to sitting for extended periods of time, if you read to a child daily, they will want to be read to. Period.
That said, here we have a nice combination of color, story and beginning reader awesome. (I know I overuse the word awesome on this blog, but really, what's more awesome than kids' books?) Simple lines, words and concepts make this a great first read-aloud.
One rainy day Tim Small said
To his little brother, Ed,
"We can't go out to play.
Let's play indoors instead."
"What can we play?" Ed asked him.
"Let's play RED," answered Tim.
"What is RED?" asked Ed.
"That's the game! Just what you said.
It's all the things we know are RED."
In my son's kindergarten class, his teacher always asks them to study the pictures if they need clues to figuring out what the words are, and here the pictures are the words, so it's a nice tie-back.
Simply put, read, read and read some more to your children. Stuff every empty corner in your house with a book or two. Like the cover says, OPEN YOUR EYES. Make every space, every day, every moment... a readertunity.
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