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?