Old Tales Become New Again
Jonas Sickler brings new life to traditional nursery rhymes. Consider the contemporary look of Hey Diddle Diddle Indestructibles. Cat plays his fiddle in New Orleans. Joined by a crawfish on drums and an alligator strumming a double bass. Moved by the music, lively purple mice dance in the street while red birds mingle and chat. Jazz fills the air. Can’t recall the original rhyme? Not a problem. The classic nursery rhyme appears, for reference, on the back cover. Refresh your memory. Or, better yet, take clues from the pictures and tell your own tale.
The picture only format encourages story-telling. Bright colors and well-defined pictures encourage natural conversation between parent and baby. Maybe you know New Orleans first hand and can share memories with your little one. In this way, what begins as a monologue gradually evolves into a dialogue. Hey Diddle, Diddle Indestructibles encourages endless exploration. That’s because babies can repeatedly grasp, crumple, and bend pages without ripping or tearing. In addition they can safely mouth and chew too. More than rip proof and chew proof, these unique books are also washable.
Why Read to Babies
Traditional nursery rhymes are treasures. They not only delight little ones. They also build memories. Beyond that they serve as conversation starters. You might ask, “why did the cow jump over the moon? ” Asking questions and sharing ideas enrich the storytelling experience. Then as young children gain language skills, monologues become conversations. While looking at pictures together, they learn words to describe what’s on the page. Thereby building a vocabulary that gradually gives children the tools they need to create their own stories. Granted, in the beginning conversations with babies are one speaker, one listener. Talk on nonetheless. Think about how important that is in creating emotional ties. The sound of your voice is one way the baby recognizes you. In that way, reading together reenforces attachments. That’s reason enough to read to a baby.