Something Old is New Again
Jonas Sickler brings new life to traditional nursery rhymes. By varying locations, he gives the stories an international appeal. And, in the process, makes them more inclusive. Humpty Dumpty Indestructibles finds Humpty sitting on the Great Wall of China. Apparently having climbed a ladder to sit high above the townspeople. What remains unclear is how he falls. Looks as if he was climbing back down and slipped from the ladder. At any rate he fell. To the dismay of bystanders. Soon emperor’s men, some astride imperial horses, others running behind, rush to the scene. One even carries a bottle of glue. Of course they cannot put Humpty Dumpty back together. What happens next will surprise you.
Humpty Dumpty Indestructibles invites endless exploration. That’s because babies can repeatedly grasp, crumple, and bend pages without ripping or tearing. And safely mouth and chew. You know how babies are. Everything has to go in their mouths. More than rip proof and chew proof, these unique books are also washable.
The Value of Reading to Babies
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. Perhaps you’ve been to China and walked the Great Wall. If so, share your memories with your little one.
What likely begins as a monologue gradually evolves into a dialogue. 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 this way, reading together reenforces attachments. That’s reason enough to read to a baby.
Traditional nursery rhymes are treasures. They not only delight little ones. They also build memories. And serve as conversation starters. Study the pictures, pointing out whatever interests you. Perhaps the animals. A red bird may be a familiar sight. But whoever saw a bright pink cat? 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.