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Author: Cathryn Falwell | Illustrator: Cathryn Falwell
Publisher: Down East Books
Year Distributed: 2013 - 2014
Availability: Past Books
Themes/Topics: Animals, Nature, Babies
Pond Babies helps kids in their exploration of the natural world as they discover the creatures that live around the pond. Vibrant cut-paper collage along with a humorous bit of self-discovery at the end make this the perfect book to share with the very young.
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?
This book is a wonderful game allowing the child to guess and match a pond baby with its parent. The book also encourages us all to explore the outdoors with our children. For those times when we cannot get outside, it offers a look at animal actions to relieve the toddler wiggles.
After many readings of this book, your child may want to answer the question, “Whose baby is this?” Let them answer the question. Praise them if they get it right and if they guess another animal, try asking, “What made you think so?” This can help you help them to make connections to things. Praise whatever they say but follow up with, “It makes sense that you think so. Actually, it’s a…” This will promote their risk-taking AND give them accurate knowledge about the world! Knowing what happens next in a book is a learned skill. It’s based on knowledge of how books work, connection to what’s happening in the book, and the ability to narrow the possibilities of what could likely happen next. Reading this book over and over will give your child these skills.
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