We are introducing a monthly book club here at The Parenting Place. We will be sharing books to suit all age groups – including parents, to support the joy of reading in a world that is increasingly tech driven. Books are a great way to connect to your child, sharing a comfortable space you can together journey into topics that are rarely discussed and recite words and phrases that your child may not otherwise hear. Making sure you have a well-lit, comfortable space is important when sharing this time, often sustained focus comes from a calm surrounding rather than an intrinsic drive, so for yourself and your child, story time can be much more enjoyable without cartoons in the background or the sound of the washing machine on that all important spin.
Victoria and I will both be suggesting books each month, this month I have selected ‘The Snail and The Whale’ as one of mine. Not only does it encompass a very important message about protecting marine life but it also contains some wonderfully descriptive words and experiments with rhythm and rhyme making it an enjoyable read for both participants. "The snail, so small and frail, with her looping, curling, silvery trail" - 'The Snail and The Whale' by Julia Donaldson. This quote chosen particularly as we had an unfortunate incident with a snail leaving the house this week for our daily walk. As I regretfully brushed my wellie against the grass, removing any remnants of shell, Mason remarked, "Track, look, look track" pointing to the trail that led the poor snail to his fate. "Yes, that is, that's his trail" I confirmed "It’s very slimy, let’s go", leading Mase hastily towards the car. Of course, that evening the book of choice was 'The Snail and The Whale' because children have an ability to inflict such angelic karma. I spiraled further into guilt as the value of the snail strengthened and I read the beautiful language used to describe her 'looping, curling, silvery, trail' and thought back to my rushed analysis of the regrettable event. "Track" Mason correctly identified once again.
I of course, spoke to him about the poor snail earlier on that day and explained how small and delicate they are, I think the book further amplified the importance of snails anyway. The following day Mason and I were drawing, I encouraged him to move his crayon in a circular motion whilst singing ' The wheels on the bus'. Mason pointed to the spiral I had made and said, "Trail", I hadn't made the connection to the events prior until Mase proceeded, "Silvy (silvery - pronunciation still needs work) trail", confirmed by Mason’s excitement when I pointed to the book leading him to repeat. "snail, a silvy trail.
Take a look at our age group recommendations on our Instagram page and let us know what you think! Tag us in your reading adventures and join us for our Instagram Live tomorrow at 1pm with Miralee Askew from Nursery Phonics!