Reading Aloud

I’ve always been a passionate reader. Even as a child, I could spend an entire day lounging¬† under the covers with a good book (favorite authors included Christopher Pike, Judy Blume, and R.L. Stine). Because I became a fast reader, it was not uncommon for me to finish an entire book in a day and now I don’t enjoy a good one as much if I can’t read it all in one go!

While pregnant, I loved shopping for children’s books and chose to make a hanging bookcase a focal point in the nursery. My husband and I try to read to her everyday – usually first thing in the morning while she is still groggy with sleep and needing some more cuddle time. Now that she’s almost six months old, she is beginning to focus on the pictures and seems to enjoy looking at them.

This morning while I was rocking Vivianne, I asked my husband to read us a book!  He chose Oink and Pearl by Kay Chorao, a thrift store find that I picked up because of its sweet illustrations.

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Before starting the book, he announces he has chosen the book: Gink and Pearl. I still giggle thinking about it.

Now, I figured it was sort of implied that a book about pigs would involve a few “oinks” here and there so I thought it was hilarious that he read it wrong. I think I teased him a little too much and made him nervous because he read the final page as, “then they both fell asleep by the window.” I think I will do more of the reading going forward…

Oink and Pearl{ Note to Vivi: this anecdote is especially funny to us because your daddy has a history of misreading things. The Body Shop used to have a deodorant named “No Offense”. I didn’t realize until this incident that men and women would read this very differently. I read it as “no offense, but you are smelling odoriferous – would you like some deodorant?” My husband read it as “that team has no offense!” }

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