So my girls and I have a weekly tradition of going to the library and picking up a half dozen books to read over the following week. Sometimes we end up with some really great stories and other times I’m left wondering why I didn’t become a children’s author! So I thought I would start to share some of our favorite finds. If you like ‘em…great! If you don’t, well…FINE, be that way! (I’m sticking my tongue out at you!)
And my first library recommendation…(drum roll, please)…Pots and Pans by Patricia Hubbell!
Recommended Reading Level: Ages 1 & Up
I LOVE this book! One…it is totally realistic! What baby doesn’t love to go in the kitchen and discover what’s waiting for them behind the cupboard doors?! With each page, I feel like my daily dinner-making routine is being played out. I’m desperately trying to get dinner on the table while Kenley is totally underfoot “reorganizing” my kitchen. At least she has the courtesy to create lovely background music with the measuring cups, pans, and her favorite, my wire whisk! (Can’t say I blame her…it makes that cool vibrating sound when you whack it on the floor!) =)
So while this book gives a nice little wink to parents, it’s also a fun, rhythmic read for the kiddos. In a song-like fashion, the hectic kitchen scene unfolds before you with great use of sound. I love a little onomatopoeia (wham, bam, cling, clang!) and Ms. Hubbell uses it very effectively to create a catchy rhythm and story. Even though it’s been a couple weeks now since we returned the book to the library, my three year old is still quoting it! (Okay, and Mommy is too…”Scoot, Baby! Scoot, Baby! Scoot, run, leap!”) Oh, and that’s another thing…because of its rhythmic nature, this book was great for my 15 month old that doesn’t have much of an attention span, but still very entertaining for my three year old that wouldn’t mind being read to all day long! This book just might be a welcome addition to our personal library!
As a side note, I will say some of the illustrations were not my favorite, but the last picture of the baby and dad on the kitchen floor surrounded by food and kitchen paraphernalia was priceless! So check out your local library for Pots and Pans by Patricia Hubbell! And if your family ends up liking it as much as mine, you can find it on Amazon! Happy reading!