Sometimes it is the simplest things that are the most difficult to explain. Like time. "What is time?" "What does today mean?" What is tomorrow?" asks my three year old. And I try to answer, never sure if the answer is quite clear.
That is why books like "Tell Me the Day Backwards" by Albert Lamb are not only a delightful and relaxing way to help your child go to sleep, but start building the developmental building blocks for things like the passage of time, ordering events, and understanding the concepts of before and after.
David McPhail's illustrations were a beautiful final touch to this adorable bedtime story. And I loved talking with my children about the book, and about the day we had each time we read it.
Books for Children Ages: 2 to 6 years old
Related Discussion Topics: Daily routines, the passage of time, before and after, things you enjoy doing.
- Play your own game of "tell me the day backwards" and remember everything from the day that you can. Skills: time, sequencing, verbal.
- Have a picnic dinner at the park, in your backyard, or even on the living room floor. Spread out a blanket, pack lots of finger foods (celery and peanut butter, fruit slices, cheese or tofu cubes, etc.) and juice boxes and enjoy!
- Timmy Bear had fun pretending to be a fox. Pretend to be as many different animals as you can think of (a sneaky fox, a bumbling bear, a scampering squirrel, etc.). Which one was your favorite? Skills: gross motor, creativity.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book