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I have a 2 year old.  Which means I am often called upon to read books over and over and over and over and…you get the idea.  It means that we go through waves of obsessions with books then suddenly, they will be over and we’re on to something else.  For instance, today I found myself making up a new song, to the words of Marvin K. Mooney Will you Please Go Now? And the best part was that my 2 year old was no where around, he was in fact napping.  Which proves to you that I’ve been reading that book over and over and over…

So I’m not too fond of my 2 year old’s current book obsession.  However, there’s one book that he has consistently enjoyed since about 8 months, asking for it a few times a week.  It’s a board book and I haven’t reviewed a board book in a while, so I thought it was time.

No, No Noah! is a fun board book about a monkey who is very reluctant to join Noah and the other animals on the ark.  He is worried that there won’t be trees to swing from and that he has to leave behind his home.  He finally jumps aboard and finds that life is ok, and eventually God puts an end to the flood.

The story is written as a poem, filled with rhyming words and a good flow to the phrases.  While it’s a toddler book, I found myself often being thankful for the time to sit and read this to my son as it was a good reminder to me.  Noah says,

“Monkey, you must trust the Lord.”

And the message at the end…

When your day brings something new,
Think of Noah’s floating zoo.
Pray like Monkey swinging low,
God stays with you as you go!”

Author: Dandi Daley Mackall

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Berserk for Board Books

Board Books.

I love them.  They stand up to the rigors of a drooly toodler’s lack of gentleness towards pages.

I hate them.  The pages are difficult to separate and turn especially for toddler fingers with not so much fine motor skills.

But board books are an important part of every child’s life, they prepare them to be avid readers later on.

For a long time most of our board books were simply short versions of regular books, or smaller versions of regular books.  We have some Eric Carle ones, like the Very Hungry Caterpillar which I think works better as a board book. Then there’s Dr. Suess’ The Foot Book which is an adaptation of his original work and frankly I think a better rendition.

But then we met Sandra Boynton.  Well, ok, we didn’t meet her, just her books, and her music.  And I fell in love with board books again.  She writes perfect fun little stories for babies and toddlers.  The first one we had was Moo, Baa, La, La, La…


It’s cute and silly, but not annoying or grating.

Then there’s Pajama Time which is a perfect bedtime story.  “Some are stripey or polka dot…they might be pink, they might be green, some are the ugliest you’ve ever seen.”  Her illustrations always feature cows, hippos, elephants, sheep in simple drawings and colors.

One of our favorites is Hippos Go Berserk! It’s a sort of counting book, going forward to 9 and backwards again while talking about the numbers of hippos coming to a party. 

We love the comical hippos in this one and even teaches little ones that the digits from 1 to 9 add up to 45!

Ms. Boynton has a real knack for creating the comical, the wacky, and silly with simple rhymes and pictures.  Perfect for little toddler antics.  Two of my sons have learned many words and phrases from these books.  They are fun board books that you won’t mind reading over and over and over and….

And briefly, I’ll put in a plug for Philadelphia Chickens, it’s a book with cd.  The book has the music and lyrics to look at while listening to the cd.  She has great talent to create a musical with songs by aardvarks pretending to be cows. 

Check out more Sandra Boynton titles on her website!

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