Kamea is crazy in love with books, which melts my heart. One of the passions both Greg and I share is the love of reading, and we look forward to the time when we can have family outings to Starbucks where we take our books and read.
We love reading to Kamea and she requests it every day, multiple times. Now that she knows the sign “more” in sign language, we see it over and over and over and over and … well, you get the point. Once the story ends, she wants more. Yay!
We’re building her library of books and I buy most of them on Amazon if they’re not hand-me-downs from friends and relatives. However, when you’re not buying from a bookstore where you can flip through it, you don’t always know everything it’ll contain. Recently, I bought the book “Yummy YUCKY” by Leslie Patricelli. It’s such a cute board book with the pictures, colors, and font. The story basically shows one side of the page with something yummy on it, like spaghetti. Then, on the next page it shows something similar, but yucky… like worms. It makes it really fun to read to Kamea as I exclaim out loud the pages that are YUCKY! I make an “eh eh” sound and she imitates me.
The problem is that there are some foods shown in the book that are illustrated as yummy but that we would clearly not feed her as vegan parents. So, what did we do? We edited the book to suit our needs. (Kudos to Greg’s talented hand in making the words actually look like the other words’ font.)
Here are three examples of some of the changes we made!
This page used to read: “Burgers are yummy.” So, we changed it to “Boca Burgers are yummy.”
This page used to read: “Eggs are yummy.” So, we changed it to “Tofu eggs are yummy.”
This page used to read: “Fish sticks are yummy.” So, we changed it to “Faux Fish sticks are yummy.”
I read in a parenting book that if you find a children’s book that you just don’t agree with, then simply stop reading it. In our case, the book was so darn cute, that we just changed it.
What is Kamea’s favorite book? As in… which book could she hear over and over and over and over? “Doggies” by Sandra Boynton. I love that her favorite book has to do with dogs which is so near and dear to my heart. She’s going to be a big animal lover, I can tell.
In fact, we’re teaching Kamea Spanish right now (I’ll blog more on this later) so I bought the Spanish version, “Perritos” as well. Guess what? She wants to hear it over and over and over and over… you get the point. You can see from the picture below that they’re getting a bit worn – haha.