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Our favorite books

Below is a list of our favorite picture books so far. These are books Knox frequently brings to us to read. (Mommy vetted for non-tedious reading!)

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Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by

At first glance this is a Dr. Sueuss inspired book under the cat in hat logo so should be crap imitation, but was pleasantly surprised. The rhyme is rhythmic and fun to read aloud and enact. Plus I love the “One thumb drumming on a drum” phrase as can show Knox to bang things quietly with his thumb. We have a lot of fun together with this book. Personally I also love how it is closer to Montessori than conventional Dr. Seuss books because it doesn’t feature any made up creatures.

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Freight Train by Donald Crews

This book gives the correct names of the various cars (most of which I wasn’t aware myself!) Features simple, whole (instead of partial) graphic representations of train segments. Fulfills many aspects of Montessori (clear, complete, imagery and specific name of items). A short boardbook that covers good bases.
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I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello by

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Good (I think improved) adaptation of the Old-lady-who-swallowed-a-fly rhyme, featuring a chap swallowing various musical instruments instead of animals. Distinctive and slightly humorous illustrations (the faces of the musicians deprived of their instruments!).
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The one problem is whether it might encourage your child to swallow objects not intended for consumption? I like reading it and then showing Knox a short clip of a musician soloing an instrument mentioned.
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Miss Spider’s Tea Party by
Again, beautiful, distinctive work, this one in bold colors. I have read this with a four year old who was definitely demonstrating the sensitive period for counting things.

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"We won't come in!" the four bees said.

Anthropomorohic? Yes. But Knox and I enjoy the rhyme and he particularly relishes pointing out the “Tea cakes!”

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