Is it possible to read to your kid too much?

If so, I think we have done it. First of all, Noah speaks in odd sentences sometimes. He will say something like "will you turn on the TV mommy said?". Translation he wants mommy to turn on the TV.  We can only surmise he gets this from books where "so-and-so said" happens alot.

Also, we took Noah to the zoo today (bad mommy, didn’t take the camera). One of his favorite books at the moment is a paperback called "The Monkey Book" (at least I think that is what it’s called, that is what we call it anyway). It talks about lots of different kinds of monkies with great illustrations. We were so excited to go to the zoo so we could find some of the monkies in his book. On the way there he told us he wanted to see the baby gibbon. Turns out, we didn’t see any gibbons today. If they were there, we missed them. But it’s still early spring and many of the exhibits were closed or empty, including Monkey Island (bummer!). He thought it was great to see the Mandril, the baboon, and the capuchin monkies. The Colobus exhibit was empty, but he was ok with that. But when he realized we were about done and ready to leave he reminded us we had not yet found the baby gibbon. I felt so bad, and yet at the same time amazed. We had just seen about 1000 animals and birds, many of which impressed him, but he remembered what he really wanted to see. At 26 months! How smart is that?

Another of his favorite books is a synopsis of Toy Story 2. We just bought him the movie, and he’s very into both right now.  He picks out things from the book that are difficult concepts for one with no back ground information. Such as on one page Woody and Jessie are inside a taxiing airplane trying to get out. The are about to jump out a hole where the landing gear is. I dread this part of the book because he doesn’t understand it and he really, really wants to. He has no concept of moving (taxiing) planes, landing gear and luggage carts. I try to explain, but it is beyond his realm of experience. So, each time we read this book (that would be twice a day, nap time and bed time) we go through the same process. What are they doing? Trying to get out of the plane. What is that? That’s the wheel of the plane, they are going to jump out of the plane on to Bullseye’s back (a horse).  What is that? That’s the man driving the cart with all the peoples bags on it. What’s on his ears? Those are earmuffs (earmuffs? there must be a better word!) because the plane is very noisy.

It amazes me how much he really wants to understand all this, and how much he already knows.

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