Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Whatever We Talk About, We Talk About Books

On days when the children fight with each other, talk back, and generally misbehave (that is, every day), it is nice to get a reminder that at least I'm doing something right - I'm raising readers.  In the last few days, these reminders have come frequently, as my daughters have been using books as their reference point - to describe themselves, events, toys, and relationships.

My five-year-old and I were discussing Mrs. Mind-Your-Own-Business, a character in the Riverside Kids books, and I pointed out how she sees the negative in everything.  My daughter responded, "Like Eeyore." and then went on to say, "I'm the opposite of Eeyore.  I see the funny in everything."  (This is true!)

A few days later, as she and I worked on a project together (or rather, I did the project - an addition chart, and she acted as my gofer), she said, "Whenever I do art projects with H [her older sister], I'm Tib.  She always makes me do things for her [just as Betsy and Tacy make Tib do things for them]."  True again!

Another evening my 8-year-old was placing a disproportionately large doll into a small dollhouse.  "She's Alice in Wonderland!," my daughter exclaimed, referring to when Alice grew and was similarly disproportionate to her surroundings.

I have written before about our love of the book My Side of the Car and how we use it as an inside joke.   Well, the other day it actually rained on only one side of a train I was in.  My girls were delighted when I came home to report this and knew, without my mentioning it, that it was a reference to a book.

And how could I forget the North-going Zax and the South-going Zax, included here, neither of whom will budge an inch to the east or west so the other can pass?  My kids love to assert that they are Zax when they meet head-on in our hallway!

What about you and your kids?  Do you frequently use literary frames of reference?


  1. I thought you were joking when you said it was raining on one side of the train.

  2. KinderbookswitheverythingAugust 2, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    Love this and it reminded me that my children did this too. My son and I couldn't walk over a bridge together without him saying 'trip trap trip trap'. He always refers to seagulls as varmints because of The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. The vocabulary in this book had a huge impact. One day when the hardware shop didn't have what I wanted my son said in a soft voice 'lackaday, lackaday' and the man serving me couldn't see him because he was about four and not tall enough to see over the counter. The man got such a shock and I was hoping the floor would open up and swallow me. I have an older daughter too and my son used to come and say 'she's doing a Ruby' and he still does even now they are adults when she is trying to over organise him. He does share so many of Max's characteristics though!