Thursday, October 12, 2006

When is a Book Not a Book?

Little Anna loves to open and close doors. Open, shut, open, shut, open, shut. She can stand in front of the cupboard, happily entertained for eight or nine minutes at a stretch. Open, shut, open, shut. She loves to lift and drop the flaps on the play table, lift up, set down, lift up, set down. She can while away large chunks of time opening and shutting boxes, turning light switches on and off, flipping the straw on her cup up and snapping it down, over and over again. This is all evidence of a single fascination, very common for her age. Any guesses? A single fascination. All these activities have one thing in common. Hint: They're all _________*. Today we read a counting book. No, 'read' is the wrong word. I started out reading it, assuming that's what Anna wanted. Silly me. Not that a page of a counting book takes much reading - especially 'one' and 'two'. 'Nine' and 'ten'? Now we're getting into serious pre-toddler reading. But even on the very first page, Anna was not about to wait for me to finish blithering on about windmills and the colour of elephants. Puh-leeez! "One elephant. See, Anna? One big, gre--." Whoosh. New page. Okay, then. "Two windmills. The windmills ha--" Flip. Three. Flip. Fou-- Flip. A whirlwind tour of one through ten. Puppies, dollies, tractors, and whales. Flip, flip, flip. Then some agitation on Anna's part, until Mary got with the program and started from the beginning again. Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip. Back to the beginning. (Five 'flips' because each 'flip' has two numbers.) Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip. Back to the beginning. Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip. Back to the beginning. Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip. Back to the beginning. Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip. Back to the beginning. Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip. Back to the beginning. Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip. Back to the beginning. Thirty-seven times through the book. Thirty-seven times. One hundred eighty-five flips. When is a Book not a Book? When it's a *Hinge. Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip, . . . . ~~~~~~~~~~~~ © 2006, Mary P


Blogger Ms. Huis Herself said...

That's funny! I suppose it's all about figuring out how things work and the world is put together, but dang, that's a lot of flipping!

10/12/2006 04:02:00 p.m.  
Blogger Kristen said...

I was thinking so hard about what to fill in the blank with, thinking you were looking for some particular developmental stage or common toddler skill to master. Duh. A hinge!

10/12/2006 04:59:00 p.m.  
Blogger Lillithmother said...

LOL - good one Mary!

10/12/2006 05:42:00 p.m.  
Blogger lara said...

ha! too bad the heat wave isn't still on - i bet anna gets a pretty good breeze going with all that page-flipping. :-P

10/12/2006 07:55:00 p.m.  
Blogger Lady M said...

Hinge - excellent!

Mary, if you ever need another topic for the Partners in Parenting site, I have one: What is a good way to teach a toddler (19 months, in my case) not to throw toys? Or to make the distinction between toys that can be thrown (balls, etc) and those that can't (larger items)? Or places where things can be thrown and where they can't (at anyone's face, for instance)?

Q knows to repeat the words "no, no" when he throws something, but I think he's just parroting. I try to pick up whatever he's thrown, put it back in his hand and help him set it down, but it's not been very effective so far. Should I be more persistent with that or try something else?

Thank you for your wisdom!

10/13/2006 04:20:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

MsHuis: Dang, that's a lot of flipping. But it was an easy way to entertain her!

Kristen: Easy to get caught like that, when the answer is TOO obvious!

Lillithmother: Thanks! And welcome to the comment box. I've seen you here before, but didn't say hello. Hello!

Kari: That's for sure. The point was very clearly NOT to look at the pictures.

LadyM: I take it Q has been chucking things about lately?? Thanks for the tip as to topic. I'll get right on that!

10/13/2006 08:04:00 a.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

So a "lift-the-flap" book could entertain this gal all day! ;)

10/13/2006 02:24:00 p.m.  
Blogger Granny said...

That explains a lot of the things I've been wondering about.

10/14/2006 02:38:00 a.m.  
Blogger Haley said...

Sometimes when studying isn't going so well I feel like I'm just flipping pages without reading anything too. I have a feeling that Anna enjoys that much more than I do though!

10/14/2006 04:13:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Lory: Oh, GOOD IDEA!!

Granny: ?

Haley: I'm sure she finds it much, much more rewarding. Lucky kid.

10/14/2006 06:10:00 p.m.  
Blogger mo-wo said...

Good books are meant not just to be tasted... but chewed and digested!

And overall manhandled.

*(they rock on all the 'object permanance' crap the evenflo people try to sell in plastic form too)

Nice one Anna

10/17/2006 07:07:00 p.m.  

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