A couple of weeks ago, Monsieur Baby turned one... I'll avoid boring you with the usual trivial remarks of how time has flown etc., but let's just say that it seems just a few days ago that I was craddling him fast asleep in my arms back from the hospital and now he is walking all over the place (aided by his walker and his helpful nanny!) and has an opinion on everything that happens around him!
One of the things that he is extremely opinionated on is books. He has his favourites and, sadly, some he absolutely hates. Those ones he discards by an imperial wave of his chubby arms, whereas he can spend hours flicking through the ones he enjoys... I wish someone had told me which ones would have the most success before I bought a library's worth of children's books!
He was given about four Caterpillar books when he was born, and his absolute favourite was immediately the one with the flaps and pull-ons.
Lift-and-look flaps are his big thing in books. He detests anything to do with feeling textures and finds any "That's not my... " book utterly boring, but flaps drive him crazy!
I love reading these stories to him before bedtime, although I sometimes wish they'd made the paper a little thicker as my little tiger sometimes loves nothing better than give a page a good pull and "riiiip!"
So, in summary, this is what my little munchkin loves when it comes to books: anything with bright colours, moving parts, and for evening-time anything that means an extra-long cuddle with Mamma or Papa before dozing off.
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