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Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell was a book that Thomas absolutely adored from about the age of 4 months until he about 14 months.  It is a simple story of a kid who wants a pet and so he writes to the local zoo and they send him an elephant.  But the...

What Are Books For?

What Are Books For?

What are books for?  I thought they were for reading; for enjoying; for learning things; for transporting yourself to whole new worlds and possibilities. Well, in the last few weeks I have discovered that books are for a lot more.  Here are some of...

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

This was a blast from the past.  I bought this book when Thomas was born because I remembered reading it a kid and, I think, seeing it on TV.  We didn’t read it for ages as it isn’t a hard cardboard book and up until recently Thomas...

Thomas Learns His Alphabet

Thomas Learns His Alphabet

Thomas, my son, is only 19 months old and so is obviously too young to be learning his alphabet.  This hasn’t stopped him from getting a new favourite book; Thomas’ ABC.  Thomas, the tank engine, is the first book to be chosen whenever I...

We’re Not Sleepy

We’re Not Sleepy

Image: Amazon.co.uk On the OUP site for this book it says that it is appropriate for kids from the ages of 2-5.  Thomas is still only 18 months old, and this probably explains why he likes the book, but doesn’t love it yet. It is written by...

Smile, Crocodile Smile

Smile, Crocodile Smile

Image: Amazon.co.uk This book has been knocking around Thomas’ room for quite a while now without actually being read.  It is a pity, because as soon as it was opened it became a hit.  It is written by An Vrombaut and published by Oxford...

Baby Touch: Snuggle Book

Baby Touch: Snuggle Book

Image: Amazon.co.uk I don’t know where we got this book from.  I have a feeling my brother bought it on one of his forays into charity bookshops.  Wherever it came from though, from the age of about 2-9 months, this was Thomas’ favourite...

Ups and Downs

Ups and Downs

Image: jscreationzs / freedigitalphotos.net   Thomas and I were talking on Skype to my parents back in the UK the other day when they mentioned something that I had noticed in passing before.  Although he doesn’t have many words and he babbles...