Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms is a favorite of both of our kids, written by Christine Kole MacLean. They both request it frequently! This book is all about pretend play. A little boy pretends to a fire fighter, EMT, and many other professionals. He includes his little sister and mom in the play time. His mom always asks for hugs, but usually the boy is too busy working to hug his mom, but not always. The illustrations are great and really help the reader to want to be creative in their own pretend play. It's definitely one of the longer books that holds my 2 year old's complete attention.
Another favorite is a look and find book, called Look! A Book! Though it's mostly pictures and not a lot of text, it's still a fabulous read aloud with rhyming text. (Come back tomorrow for a more thorough review and giveaway of this book by Bob Staake.
We have also read Raggedy Andy Stories by Johnny Gruelle. Like Raggedy Ann (linked to my review) these classic stories are sweet and wholesome. Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy were made at the same time, but separated for many, many years, just like the actual toys the books were based upon! The dolls in Maracella's nursery go on many adventures when the people of the house are not around, just like in the movie Toy Story. I like that Raggedy Andy is just as thoughtful as Raggedy Ann, and he certainly keeps the adventures going. Though I am calling this a chapter book, really the Raggedy Ann and Andy books are collections of short stories, so it's not a true chapter book. We're big enough fans that we also made a Raggedy Ann and Andy craft!
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