Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Good Night, Sleep Tight
Storytime is a big part of our bedtime ritual. In true toddler fashion, Duncan always wants to read the same books. And he begs for more, when he knows it's time for bed. It's fun to see how his interests change from month to month, when it comes to reading and play. About a month ago, we were reading, How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon. Lately, he's not so interested in the pirates. We've been reading The Boy Who Wouldn't Go To Bed by Helen Cooper. And also, The Toolbox by Anne and Harlow Rockwell. When reading The Toolbox, Duncan shouts out the particular tool or phrase that comes next. The book says that there are screws and a... "screwdriver!" he shouts with glee. And there's a wrench with big fat... "naughty bolts!" he yells. It's actually nuts and bolts, but naughty bolts are much more fun! Then, we'll pull out one of our many dinosaur books. He seems to like How Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague best. I love this series, because the artwork is fantastic and just plain silly. The dinosaurs have human parents, for one! Duncan likes to say what's going on on the page "pink ball bouncing down stairs!" and "orange backpack!" But then he leans over, and pretends to nibble the orange backpack, and says, "num num!" He even leaned over to "eat" a dinosaur last night. I asked if it tasted like chicken.
Once in the bed, Duncan shoos us out of the room (he has more playing to do, afterall), and says "Bye bye. See you soon!" If we linger too long, he may even say, "That way!" As in, "leave already!" If we're really lucky, he'll repeat our nightly mantra: "Good night, sleep tight. Sweet dreams!"