We've been enjoying a couple of books at home lately, so I thought I'd share.
Who Ate All the Cookie Dough
by Karen Beaumont
illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
Both kids have been lovin' this book for the last couple of weeks. It's pretty much a "Who took the cookie from the cookie jar" setup with a couple of nice changes. Mama Kangaroo is searching for whoever ate all the cookie dough. She asks various animals if they ate all the cookie dough, and they refer her on to the next animal. So, nice change #1: four or five animals in, Mama Kangaroo is referred to Monkey, who is a little hard to find. This happens about the time that my 3-year-old's attention started to wander, because of the repetitiveness, and drew her right back into the story. And then, nice change #2: when we finally find out who ate all the cookie dough, there's a lift-a-flap to find out who the culprit is. The repitition and vibrant illustrations kept my toddler enthralled, so this book worked for both age groups: preschool and toddler. Very fun!
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
illustrated by Jen Corace
Ah, Little Pea! Here's the perfect book for picky eaters. Little Pea really doesn't want to eat dinner; it's yucky! Who would want to eat all that.... candy. Bleh! But Mama Pea says Little Pea has to eat six pieces of candy to get any dessert at all. So, one by one, the candy gets eaten with appropriate "yuck" faces and sounds. And what might be for dessert then? Spinach! And Little Pea gobbles it up! This book was our city's community read this year. With quite a bit of text on some of the pages, I would recommend it for the 3 - 5 age group.