We all know the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock right? But have you seen the Indestructibles edition? If you know anything about how babies approach books, you’ll be super impressed. First because of how its made. Thin Tyvek-like pages allow babies to grasp, crumple, and turn pages without tearing. And to droll and chew on the pages without damaging the book. Then by the engaging, modern graphics. Vivid, well-defined pictures encourage natural conversation between parent and baby. Additionally recognizing pictures builds vocabulary and encourages storytelling that becomes more complex as babies develop language.
Reading Builds Attachment
Traditional nursery rhymes and songs delight little ones. Build memories. And serve as conversation starters. 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 recognize you. In that way, reading together reenforces attachments. That’s reason enough to read to a baby.
Hickory Dickory Dock
Illustrator Jonas Sickler places Hickory Dickory Dock Indestructibles in London. So naturally the mouse runs up Big Ben. In the rain of course. Because this is London. Everyone carries an umbrella in case of rain. Just why did the mouse run up the clock? That’s a fair question. Who knows? Looks as if the face of the clock is made of cheese. Mice like cheese. So do you think maybe he was hungry? That doesn’t make any sense. Nevertheless I see a wedge of cheese in the little mouse’s hand.
And the face of the clock looks like Swiss cheese. So does the moon. Is it made of cheese too? No. It’s not. That’s all pretend. Makes a fun story though, wouldn’t you say? Posing questions and putting forth ideas enrich the storytelling experience. Later as baby gains language skills, your monologues will become delightful conversations. Nontoxic. Safety-tested. Meets or exceeds CPSIA guidelines. Machine washable.