Mouths of Babes Mondays….Literary Analysis

His hair is a sign of what's going on in his little brain. It's crazy and uncontrollable, but its beautiful.

His hair is a sign of what’s going on in his little brain. It’s crazy and uncontrollable, but its beautiful.

In leu of the 2014 New Years Resolutions we have only-one-week-in failures (this is getting posted on Tuesday, not Monday) and victories, I have read to my kids every single day.

And with the reading we have a wide range of attention spans and literary analysis.

For instance, we all huddle in the girls room and we read through the American Girl Doll series, Meet Cecile and Meet Marie-Grace (at this point, you would think these fictional characters were family members)

Benjamin plays with the other books in the series, while I read, and I’m just happy he’s being quiet.

We finish up the chapter, and start putting books away, and he starts giving me his literary interpretation of princess-like, wealthy, and lace and silk garbed Cecile who just finished having tea and pralines and going to a children’s ball in the book.

He points to Cecile and says in all solemness,

“Dis girl, she fight monsters. She beat monsters. She eat ‘dem all up.”

I went to a very liberal school, and sat in many an interesting English class, but never laughed as hard as I did to this very broad and liberal literary interpretation.

“Oh Really?” I ask.

“Yesssss. She did.” all low-voiced like it was a serious, secret thing.

And even if he doesn’t have the attentions span yet to listen to chapter books, I’m thankful for the vibrant imagination.

And its always better than the TV.

or iPad

or iPhone

or video games.

I’m  a purist when it comes to these mind-numbing, imagination-stunting gadgets. (Except when its a really hard day and the choice is either spend the afternoon yelling at them or plunk them in front of a movie…for the sake of their tender little spirits, in leu of mommy’s short temper, we will accepts some mind numbing)

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Diane Jones
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 15:42:15

    Oh Kimberly, how your posts make smile and laugh! And I just have to tell you that I was just pointing out to Dan an article in our local newspaper about the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program being started at a Cape Cod library, encouraging parents to read…yes, a 1,000…books to their child before he/she enters school. (which sounds like a lot, but if you are reading one a night, or more than one because each child wants “their” story read, over 365 days a year…) I was sharing memories of reading to him (Dan) and his brother…one of my favorite activities with them growing up. It’s precious time spent with your children, as you well know. And so beneficial, even if they might not have much of an attention span yet.
    Benjamin is such a special little guy and I’m sure he is taking it all in…the closeness of parent/child, the quiet of the moment perhaps, the shared experience of this time spent with your girls and him and all your children. And don’t you just love hearing what that little mind is thinking?!
    And I share (still) the hatred of those mind-numbing video games and etc, but a movie is not such a bad thing (although I also felt a bit guilty when late afternoon rolled around and I finally allowed our boys to turn on Mr Rogers or Reading Rainbow, or put in a tape (yes, VHS!!)…a special time for them, and a gift of quiet and peace and sanity for Mom 🙂

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