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Author: Sally Symes
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Binding: Board book
Year Distributed: 2013 - 2014
Availability: Past Books
Themes/Topics: Animals, Bedtime, Rhymes & Nursery Rhymes
A read-aloud, rhyming tale featuring an infectious yawn that travels from a little boy through a sequence of purring, pecking, and digging animal friends who cannot wait to settle down for the night.
Age Group 18 months
What’s Happening at this Age
- Beginning to explore books on their own
- May recite familiar stories to dolls or stuffed animals
- Hearing favorite books over and over
- May finish sentences in favorite books if you pause
Your child’s memory is expanding and they may surprise you with knowing the words of some of your favorite books and songs. Finger plays can help them to remember the songs, too. This is a busy time of brain building for your little one and you may find that they want a lot of repetition with favorite songs, stories, and activities. They’re building their own ability to engage in these things independently, so when you’re exhausted and your toddler is saying “Again! Again!” know that you’re investing in their ability to enjoy learning on their own.
Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 18-month-old as well as tips and activities for you and your toddler!
Why did we select this book?
Yawns are contagious. Once someone yawns, it is hard to not yawn yourself. We selected this book because we hope that the big open yawning mouths in the book will help the whole family yawn their way to a good night's sleep. We also loved the rollicking rhyme in the book and how a reader can guess the animal on the next page by hints in the text, making a rhyme match, or just remembering from the last read!
This is a good book to start to talk about “prediction”, which is an important skill for comprehension. We aren’t just born knowing how to predict, though. Each page of this book gives a hint about what will be on the next page. After several readings, can you and your child guess what is on the next page? Point out the word the next animal rhymes with. On the first page, for example, the word “mat” is a hint that the next page will feature a “cat.” There are also other hints. Does “cheeping, chirping” give you a hint that the next page will be a bird? Do not worry if your child does not pick up on these hints. The rhyme alone makes the book so much fun to read. Enjoy yourself and your child will, too!
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