We have been reading and re-reading and re-re-reading The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. The twins absolutely love it…the rhyme, the silliness and the complete disastrous madness! When i started reading it I thought the boys (who are now 2 1/2) would probably lose interest or get plain bored after the first few pages (because it is not a short book or a quick read)…but au contraire! they wanted me to go on and on till we reached the end.
Not only does it have great rhyme and a really whacky story line but the images truly complement the text and the kids love looking at the illustrations to contribute their two bits to the story read aloud. I do not dumb it down or paraphrase or retell…i read aloud.
They also enjoy sitting with the book on their own and pretend reading – which thanks to the multiple read alouds and the the great illustrations makes for very interesting ‘reading’.
We started our journey into the world of Dr. Seuss with One Fish Two Fish which is a great and easy book to start eith. It is good for the kids to hear the rhyming words, the text is funny and boldly imaginative (which is perfect for kids whose mind and thoughts are kind of in the same vein) and it has lovely illustrations again. We have also read Green Eggs and Ham as well as I Am Not Going To Get Up Today!
We are planning to do some art around the Cat in the Hat over the weekend…will keep you posted.