It’s time for my Friday Favorite! And this week my favorite is (dum ditty dum ditty dum dum dum):
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins.
I know, I know. I shared a book last week. What can I say? I love books. And this is a children’s book, so that makes it a little different. Right?
I have to explain why I am loving this book so much. First of all, it is among my oldest’s favorites right now. He goes through favorite books in cycles and this one is in, so we’ve been reading it a lot.
But there’s more to it than just that. My grandma gave my son this book a few months ago, just for fun. When my mom saw it she said, “Hey Amanda, that used to be one of your favorite books!” That took me by surprise, because looking at the cover, I couldn’t remember it at all. When I was skeptical, my mom explained, “You liked the rhythm of it.” Hm. Okay mom.
My son wasn’t too interested in the book at first, so it got shelved for a while. Then one night, he asked to read it. So we began. As I got going I thought, “Hey, this does have a good rhythm to it.”
When we got to about this spot in the book, I got really excited because all of the sudden, the illustrations started looking familiar. Really familiar. And the further we got in the book, the more I remembered. I mostly remembered the pictures, but I also remembered the rhythm, and I like to think that I can remember my mom reading the book to me over and over and over.
And now I’m doing the same with my own child.
So needless to say, I love it.
My son loves the rhythm too. We’ve now read it enough times that he can remember most of the words, so I’ll say the narration part and he’ll say the rhythm parts. We have a grand ol’ time reading it together.
Do you have anything like that? Things you remember growing up with that you enjoy sharing with your own children? Or maybe you don’t have children yet, but you are waiting to share something special like that with them when you do. Feel free to share, I’d love to hear!