Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"Press Here"

We hit the Suntree/Viera Library this morning for toddler story time, and I finally managed to pick up a volunteer application which I have been meaning to do for a month now.  But I digress....back to story time. 
The theme of the day was color, and after the mandatory "stand up and get your wiggles out" kind of song, we meandered through a rhyme about a fish that changes colors, the absolutely wonderful Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See (I was quite disappointed in myself when I failed to remember that the cat was purple), and then participated in the reading of Press Here by Hervé TulletPress Here engages the child's imagination by issuing simple directives such as  "press here and turn the page" on a blank white page with a single bright yellow dot.  After following the directions, the child is amazed to see that their action has magically changed the dot in size, color, number, or a myriad of other ways. 
In and age when even a toddler has learned that she should be able to perform wizardry with the mere touch of a fingertip to a touchscreen, this delightful book is a great reminder that the combination of a child, a book, and imagination perform an enchanting alchemy that modern technology can't even begin to emulate.

If you haven't had the pleasure of reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, check out this link....

And for Press Here, check out some great deals at Amazon.  You won't be disappointed!

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