To the Moon and Back on Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Book to Love All Year Round
We’ve read some Valentine stories about giving and receiving cards, about parties and gifts, about making friends and showing affection. We’ve also read some informative Valentine books about the origin and history of the holiday. Both types were enjoyed by B, and they continue to be requested reads as the (early) preschool party and the actual holiday approach. The book I chose to share with you in honor of Valentine’s Day is probably familiar, and it is not really a Valentine themed book at all, but perhaps you haven’t considered its potential for developmental growth…

How Big is Big?

B practices measuring skills.
This is actually the central question in Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney. The child uses similes (as big as, as high as, etc) to express his love for his father, and the father redefines and expands upon the comparisons emphasize his love and entertain his little boy. Many a parent and child have enjoyed the playful competition as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare try to out-do one another. As parents, we can all appreciate that there is truly no measure of our love for our children, but hopefully, that doesn’t stop us from trying to tell them.
Guess How Much I Love You

The Art of Comparison
Comparing and generating similes are pretty complex cognitive skills, but using the playful examples found in Guess How Much I Love You may help you and your child begin to consider other comparisons as well.

  • You might enjoy more concrete comparisons (the slide is as tall as my dad).
  • You could get creative while staying literal (the plate is as round as a tire).
  • Or you could take a cue from the Nutbrowns and play with the abstract (a smile as pretty as a blooming flower).
    Comparative language and simile are hard to teach in isolation, but will come naturally to children who hear them in everyday language and enjoy them in literature. Share a little love and bolster your sprout’s vocabulary at the same time this Valentine’s Day!
    Appropriate for: everyone!

    Do you have a favorite comparison for “I love you as ( ) as ( )? I’d love to hear it!

    You may notice I've switched to inlinkz this week. As much as I've enjoyed LinkyTools, my blog is a hobby for me that does not afford me a subscription for now. If you have any trouble with the link up, let me know!


RedTedArt February 11, 2011 at 4:52 AM  

Aaah no books from us this week!! Did a couple of other things on blog! Hey ho! Guess how much I love you is a perfect book for Vday!


Wonder Mom February 11, 2011 at 6:28 AM  

"Guess How Much I Love You" has to be my favorite book that I read to my kiddos when they were babies...*sigh*...

Ginny Marie February 13, 2011 at 1:08 PM  

Lily always beats me at the comparison game and says, "I love you more than anything!"

Ginny Marie February 14, 2011 at 7:50 AM  

Hi, Anne! I left an award for you on my blog! :)

Chels February 15, 2011 at 8:00 AM  

We love Sam McBratney books! I gave this one to my husband for V-day when we were engaged! I've never tried doing comparisons with my kids but your tips are great and helpful!

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