It's hard to believe that John Michael is now old enough to listen to some of my favorite childhood stories. Tonight he chose "Bread and Jam for Frances." I love all of the songs she sings to her poached egg, breaded veal cutlet and when she is skipping rope.
One of the funniest things I will always remember about this book - okay, now it's two, because I just remembered another - is that Gracie wanted a poached egg after we read it a few times. And they are now one of her favorites! Too funny that Gracie gets a new favorite food from a book about a picky eater! Second funny thing I always think about when reading this book is from my childhood. If you read the dedication, it is for "Julia, who always liked to practice with a string bean when she could" (okay, I put quotes but I'm paraphrasing. The boy is asleep and I am not going in the room to retrieve the book for an accurate quote!). My oldest sister is Julia, so we always got a kick out of that dedication.
Anyhow, after giggling our way through the book, JM and I were talking about the nursery rhymes his class is going to recite on Wednesday (they have a Mother Goose program and party). I got him to say a few, but then he was back to his perpetual favorite these days, the alphabet. "Is the alphabet a nursery rhyme?" was his question. Then he went back to singing it in his own special way - without all of the traditional 26 letters. He thinks he only needs about 10 or 12 of them. Anyhow, tonight he thought he should only have three - A, B, and Z. So I said the only words we would have with that alphabet would be baz-zab. To which he replied "Did I spell a word?"
So then I suggested we try spelling C-A-T. That one threw him for a loop since his sister walked into his room for a minute and distracted him. So I said let's try an easy one ... D-O-G, dog. So he repeated the letters D-O-G. Yay! We were making progress.
Then JM said "Let's spell dot." And I was just about to ask him if he knew what made the tttt sound, when he plowed ahead and said "DotCom, let's spell DotCom."