February 15, 2005

Further Adventures With The Boy

The Girl loves Eric Carle's books. I like them too, but not so much after the five hundreth reading. I do like how I can get her upstairs in seconds by promising to read The Very Quiet Cricket or The Very Hungry Caterpillar though.

Justin was feeling some ennui towards these books too when The Girl asked for yet another one at bedtime. He complained, "Does he write anything but books about insects?" The Boy responded, "Well of course they aren't all about insects. He wrote The Very Busy Spider. Spiders eat insects. They aren't insects."

Justin said, "True, they are arachnids." And The Boy, who just bought himself a book of Greek mythology with his birthday money said, "Of course. They must be named after Arachne. Athena turned her into a spider and arachnid sounds like Arachne."

It's a pity he doesn't want to be homeschooled. I don't think I'd have to do any work. He seems to figure it all out on his own.


Wonderful! File that one in the Treasured Parental Memories section.

We are fond of the Eric Carle books too. And if you promise not to tell anybody, I have to admit that I went through a period of watching the tape of "Papa, Please Get Me The Moon" with my girls and getting kind of misty-eyed about the whole Father-Daughter thing.

Posted by: Robert the Llama Butcher at February 15, 2005 11:36 AM

Impressive! It may be hard to keep up with him!

Posted by: Earth Girl at February 15, 2005 12:31 PM

There are non-bug Carle books, really there are. There's one with a brown bear, one with a sloth, and "Polar Bearm What Do You Hear" has a bunch of different zoo animals. But they are all very simple, do all feature animals and they certainly feel repetitive before long.

Posted by: nina at February 15, 2005 01:02 PM

Oh, I know, Nina. We own one about a chameleon and the brown bear and polar bear ones (though those are only illustrated by Eric Carle). We've even checked out some out about people.

Posted by: Jordana at February 15, 2005 01:17 PM