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She calls 'em like she sees 'em

For several months, the triplets have been at a stage where they want to be read to. This is much better than the previous (but sadly still ongoing) stage, "shredding books to make confetti to redecorate the house with". We have the remains of a once-decent collection of Boynton books, among others. One of those is one that is available both in Spanish and English, Opposites.

Unsurprisingly, by now, I have it memorized. In both English and Spanish. I'll give you a taste:

"Big, and small. Short, and tall. High, and low. Fast, and slow. Heavy, and light. Day, and night." There's different animals illustrating the opposites. Rhino and bird. Pig and giraffe. Sheep and sheep. Dog and snail. Elephant and rabbit. Bear and bear. If you click the link to the Spanish book above, you can see one of the inside pages if you click on the photo of the book.

Ellie has reached a point where she can fill in some of the book. And, clearly, she understands some of the subject matter. So, I would say, "Big, and small. Short, and..." Ellie: "Tall!" Me: "High, and..." Ellie: "Low!" Me: "Fast, and..." Ellie: "Slow!" Me: (pointing to the elephant): "Heavy, and..." Ellie, pointing at the elephant: "Abba!" (hebrew for dad) Me, cringing, finishing the page and turning it over to the next illustration, a hippo). Ellie, not letting me talk, and pointing at the hippo: "Abba!!!"

Okay, I get the point. I'm 6'2" and ~275 lbs, and she's somewhat smaller and lighter...being, you know, a toddler. Is this fair? And how did she learn to get me a consult for gastric bypass?

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marag
Feb. 22nd, 2010 09:45 am (UTC)
::cackles madly::

Um, I'm laughing with you, not at you?
estherchaya
Feb. 22nd, 2010 11:19 am (UTC)
You may be laughing with him, but I'm laughing AT him. The best part is that she does that even when HE's not the one reading the book. I can be reading the book and she still says "Abba!" when she sees the elephant or hippo. :)
mabfan
Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
We've now memorized "But Not the Hippopotamus."
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