Category Archives: Distractions

I Am A Bunny

I Am A Bunny by Ole RisomI had always associated Richard Scarry with Lowly Worm and Huckle Cat.  I had no idea he’d written or illustrated other books until I started broadening my research into board books for my toddler.

Scarry illustrated I Am A Bunny, but the book is written by Ole Risom.  This book has to be one of my favorites among all of my toddler’s books so far.

The story tells of a bunny named Nicholas and what he likes to do throughout all the seasons.

I love that the story is simple for toddlers, but it gives parents an opening to introduce seasons and types of weather.

I Am A Bunny by Ole Risom

It’s tall for a board book, measuring 5 inches by 9.5 inches.

I Am A Bunny by Ole Risom

Great page for counting birds and naming – clouds, bunny, birds, strawberry, grass, etc.

I Am A Bunny by Ole Risom

On this page, I practice with my toddler counting pinecones and naming articles of clothing, as well as naming snow.  She likes to point out the trees and the bunny.

By the end of the book, Nicholas is curled up asleep in the hollow of a tree, dreaming about spring.

This book is beautifully illustrated by Scarry, and Risom gives a cute and educational narrative.  I started reading this book to my toddler when she was about 4 months old.  The pictures are vibrant enough to catch a baby’s interest.

I Am A Bunny can be found on Amazon in board book and Kindle formats.

Millie’s Secret

Millie's Secret by Gyo Fujikawa

Millie has a secret, and she’s such a tease.  No, this isn’t a Victoria’s Secret knock-off.  This is a book from my childhood that my toddler stole from my bookshelf.  I’ll forgive her for not asking first as she’s still learning the language.

 Millie's Secret by Gyo Fujikawa

Throughout the book, all of Millie’s friends continually ask her what her secret is and when she’ll tell it.

Millie's Secret by Gyo Fujikawa

Seriously?  That’s just wrong, Millie.

Millie's Secret by Gyo Fujikawa

For DAYS, Millie does this.  When I was a kid, we would have just thought Millie was full of it and wondered why we were friends with her.  Was she not getting enough attention at home?

Millie's Secret by Gyo Fujikawa

Finally!  At last, we find out what Millie’s big secret is on the last page, and we come to understand why she waited so long to tell it.  Although, she could have given us some hints.

I LOVED this book as a kid.  I wanted Millie’s backyard.  I still want Millie’s backyard.

My toddler is always handing me this book to read to her.  The pictures are vibrant and beautiful, and the story is cute and engaging.

I love Fujikawa’s books and am starting a library of them for my toddler, so she doesn’t wear out my books.  Fujikawa’s books are being reprinted a few at a time every year – check them out on Amazon.  This particular book, however, has not been reprinted yet.  Still waiting.

If Bee Movie Told The Truth more I watch this movie, the more disturbed I am by it.  My toddler likes it.

Before you start judging me about letting my 21 month old watch TV, she already counts to 12, knows her basic colors most of the time, gets read to every single day, and had over a 200 word vocabulary by the time she was 18 months old.  It’s lack of parental involvement that leads to problems in children, not TV and violent video games.

*getting off my soapbox now*

Sure, it’s a cute enough movie, considering all the other crap that’s out there for kids, but it goes beyond lying to kids about bee behavior.

Okay, now that I think about it, the movie presents a great opportunity for parents to educate their kids about bees and what would happen to the world if we didn’t have bees.  But would most parents take this opportunity?

I’m all about not sugar-coating things for my kids.  When my son was four and didn’t want to hold my hand while crossing the street, I explained to him the gruesome, detailed truth about what would happen if he got hit by a car.  Suffice it to say he stuck by my side in parking lots after that.

Bee Movie sugar-coats and encrusts; whipped cream tops; sprinkles cinnamon, sugar, and chocolate chips; drizzles caramel and chocolate syrup; garnishes with sliced strawberries; and throws some crystallized ginger and a cherry on top.

Let me explain.

Point 1:  Bees don’t gather pollen with high-tech contraptions.

Okay, this isn’t that bad.  I guess it’s more exciting and interesting than having the cartoon bee carry around pollen on its legs.

Point 2:  Gender roles.

Heaven forbid a human child should ever learn that there are set gender roles within the animal kingdom, and a female bee can’t be anything she wants.

Female bees go out and collect.  Male bees stay home and mate with the queen.

Point 3:  That is NOT the way bees make honey.

I guess the thought process was probably to show kids how all the bees work together and “get behind a fellow… black and yellow… hello!”  Whatever.

Okay, it wouldn’t be appropriate to have the cartoon bees barfing up the sweet, delicious honey we humans spread on buttered toast.  Yummm.

Point 4:  Bees don’t live after they sting.

Their guts get ripped out.  That would have been a traumatic and gory scene when Adam stung Mr. Montgomery.

Plus, that would have made Adam a female.

If Bee Movie told the truth, it wouldn’t make a very cute movie.