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Author: Mem Fox
After meeting a bevy of baby animals — including a clever monkey, a sleepy leopard, and a dusty lion cub — the baby in this story discovers the most precious creature of all. Itself, of course! With an exuberant rhyming text by bestselling author Mem Fox and adorable cut-paper illustrations by Caldecott Honor recipient Steve Jenkins, this book is an irresistible celebration of the joyful connection between parent and child.
Age Group 24 months
What’s Happening at this Age
- Pretending to read books
- Finishing sentences in their favorite books
- Scribbling on paper
- Knowing names of books and identifying them by the picture on the cover
- Turning pages right to left
- Making connections between pictures and real life, like noticing their own shoes when they see a picture of shoes.
A whole lot of learning goes into how your toddler is interacting with books now! You’ve been reading to them for two years and now they know how to hold the book so their stuffed animals can see the pictures when your toddler “reads” to them. Your child may even be pointing out interesting things on the page and asking questions just like you do when you read to them. They likely have a favorite book that they want you to read, and that they may even pretend to read to you. This may not seem important as they’re “just pretending” but they’re doing all the things a skilled reader does without actually reading the text. This pretending is an important part of becoming a reader. When they “read” to you, it’s your turn to say, “Again! Again!” and know that you’re building a reader!
Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 2-year-old as well as tips and activities for you and your toddler!
Why did we select this book?
Your child will be engaged with this book from the very first line, Hello, baby! Who are you? Each page asks another question. That question gives you information about the pictured animals and gives your child the opportunity to compare and contrast themselves to the animals.
This book is full of questions. When you ask your child questions, you show that you are interested in what they think and feel. Leave time after asking each question on the page for your own questions and conversation. When the book asks, “Are you the monkey with clever toes?” you can follow by asking your child if they have toes. You can also ask her if they are a monkey! Before you turn to the next page, sum up the conversation by saying something like, “You have toes like a monkey, but you are NOT a monkey.” It is wonderful for a child’s understanding of the world to see how they are like some things and unlike others. This play with compare and contrast helps your child see their place in the world and start to understand how big and diverse the world is.
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