I recently came across, and bought, a collection of Little Golden Books, many of which are apparently pretty hard to find these days (according to Amazon, which is charging an arm and a leg for some!). Look for these in your libraries – they are absolute gems of books, and some are downright hilarious. I can’t imagine why some of them are no longer published. We are loving them!
Noises and Mr. Flibberty-Jib, by Gertrude Crampton:
Mr. Flibberty-Jib would like a little peace and quiet, and goes to great lengths to find it. M wanted to read this one over and over, and it is pretty funny. Mr. Flibberty-Jib and his wife are both a little eccentric, let’s say. :)
Little PeeWee, by Dorothy Kunhardt: This is the story of a teeny-tiny dog who does tricks at a circus. But PeeWee begins to grow and is no longer such a great attraction. M asks for this one a lot also, wanting to read it again as soon as it’s finished. It has a great, but subtle, moral about being loved for one’s self, not for what one can do or not do.
The New House in the Forest, by Lucy Sprague Mitchell:This is one of my favorites! It tells the story of a family building a house in the forest, and goes into fantastic detail about plumbing, electricity, digging the basement, and all those fascinating details - perfect for a child who is interested in that kind of thing. And it gives the thoughts and opinions of the little forest animals as the house progresses. The children, of course, know what the animals are saying and help explain everything to them. :)
Little Yip-Yip and His Bark, by Kathryn and Byron Jackson:
Little Yip-Yip is a puppy whose little bark makes him the laughingstock of the farm, although you get the idea that the other animals are not being mean, they just sort of think he’s cute (which he is!). He’s just not much of a guard dog. He learns, however, how neat it sounds to bark into various empty containers – a pail, a garbage can, a hollow log, etc., and how BIG this makes his bark sound. This story would be a fun springboard for trying this kind of noise-making at home!
Have a beautiful day! :)