What is it about Eric Carle?
September 4th, 2011
Josh and I have the (potentially annoying to outsiders) habit of speaking for the non-verbal members of our family. This includes the dog — whose “voice” is somewhat dopey, frequently confused, and mostly focused on food consumption and bodily functions — and Buggie, who also talks a lot about food and poop but sounds smarter when he does so.
Anyways, I get so used to inventing/imagining Buggie’s thoughts and preferences that it’s always a bit of a surprise when he voices them himself!
Despite my recent assertion that Buggie’s favorite book is “Ten in the Bed” by Penny Dale, it turns out that he actually likes “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” by Eric Carle best. How do I know? He told me. Or at least showed me with crystal clarity…
While Miss Mouse was napping, I settled onto the couch with my son for story time. We read two “push and pop” books that he’s fond of, then moved on to Brown Bear. He seemed to enjoy it — lots of wiggling and foot kicking and squeaking — so I read it again. And then a third time. Then I tried to switch to “Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson.
I was startled. We love “Bear Snores On.” So I tried “Hippos Go Berserk” by Sandra Boynton. No dice. Fuss, fuss, thrash, kick.
So I plopped him onto the couch cushion next to a small pile of books and — somewhat rhetorically — asked, “So what DO you want?” And darned if he didn’t grab Brown Bear, Brown Bear. I thought it might be a coincidence so I repeated the experiment and he again refused other books and picked out Brown Bear from the stack.