Saturday, August 20, 2011

Reading with "the Little Guy"

I used this title because a few days ago when a friend was here helping me, my 4 yr. old saw some yogurt that she brought on the counter. He asked "What's that?" She said, "Oh, that's my yogurt." He said, pointing his authoritative finger at her, "YOU can eat your yogurt (insert her name), that's what the Little Guy says!" So, there you go, this blog is dedicated to....the Little Guy.

Reading with the Little Guy is like no experience I've had before with any of my other children. He has some sensory integration issues that make it difficult for him to cope with new things sometimes. He likes to know what to expect. So, on occasion he will let ME read a book to him, but often times, he prefers to tell me what he thinks the book is about, and I try to get a word in every once in a while. But, it is interesting what a 4 yr. old mind comes up with, without guidance. And, for the sake of the familiar, he gets stuck on a book and we read it every night for weeks, until he decides to move on to something else. So, recently, he has been stuck on an Easter book (I am going to get in trouble with my husband for this as we typically don't read seasonal books out of season, it's a sticking with the Liturgical season-thing). So anyway, we read this Easter book and he always gets disturbed on this page...

See the little boy in the back aggressively grabbing at Jesus' cloak? He always asks me what the little boy grabbing Jesus on the bottom- is doing. I try to explain that he wants to hug him because he loves him, but he doesn't buy it. Then there is the scene with dying easter eggs. He says the mom and dad are making a big mess. It does look that way doesn't it, and having a blast doing it...

Oh, and in this easter egg hunt, he doesn't get the girl in the bushes, he always says "what IS That?" Like, it can't be a girl, any NORMAL girl would be out with everyone else hunting for candy-filled eggs.

Then there is the "Summer Sticker book" that one of his siblings put together many years ago. He loves reading this, but on the first page there is a disturbing scene.

Notice the older panda is flying the toy airplane while the little one is in tears. His explanation? The mommy stole it from him. Really? She looks pretty happy too. Why is it that the MOMMY is the bad guy anyway? Why not the big sister or the grandmother?

I am actually more disturbed by this sight.

Why is there a boy riding his donkey in the ocean? But this doesn't concern him in the slightest.

He is still worried about the baby panda who's mean mommy stole his toy airplane. I guess I need to work on my image with him.

That's all for storytime today!!


  1. Ummm....that's a donkey completely encased in eggs (or something else yellow) walking on water. That is freaky...and surprising that it doesn't bother the little one.

    Bothers me....

  2. He's Super Donkey! As a baby burro he was poked by a radioactive cactus which gave him the power to fly and glow all over, among other things. Being, by nature, a protector of all he surveys, he uses his power for good. In this mural we can clearly see that he has just rescued our shaggy haired friend there, whose bright smile reflects the gratitude he feels.

    I mean, isn't it obvious? ;)

  3. That donkey is totally flying, you guys! See? The bird is BELOW him, which totally lends credence to the "Super Donkey" theory.

  4. I told you it was disturbing. The donkey is walking on water as well. Did you notice THAT?

  5. You know, I'm with him on the girl in the bushes. I mean, what IS that? Her hair seems to be its own entity, floating around her like an aura. What ARE you exposing your kids, too, Virg?