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Well my little one is now 4 months old and I am getting ready for the future with reading bed time stories. I would like to know of any books the fellow rancher's kids enjoyed to listen to.

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There's all the old standards, but (as a parent) I didn't mind reading these two again and again, and the kids loved them:

1). Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type

Great, simple artwork for kids, and the story is fun. You as a parent can read as much into it as you want, about life on a farm where the cows and chickens unionize because they want electric blankets and refuse to provide milk and eggs until they get them.

2). John Pig's Halloween

Don't be scared at Halloween is the basic moral of this book, but the poetry is classic: rhyming couplets in regular meter, and great imagery (and great food ideas, too. Persimmon-plum pie. Yum)

I wound up committing both of these books to memory for a time.
 
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Dr. Seuss, of course. What my 4-month old is digging are books that he can chew on and crumple up.
Just an aside: if you get the original Curious George, don't be surprised when he whips out his pipe for a smoke before going to bed, gets sent to prison, breaks out of prison and so on. Just a little politically incorrect!
 
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our daughter loves "Trout, trout, trout - A fish chant". everyone has it memorized.

"Three spine stickback, fresh-water drum. Lake chub, Creek chub, CHUM CHUM CHUM".
 
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Hi,

I would suggest you to check out at your local library about "Panchtantra" tales in english.It has mainly animal stories in which animals do talking and it builds good moral values of kids.The end of the story will have a moral like don't lie, use your brain when in trouble, dont give up etc etc. Its really impactful.
 
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My boys liked Brown bear, brown bear; the No David books by David Shannon; any thing by Dr. Seuss; and Curious George books.
 
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Good Night, Gorilla is a favorite at our house. At 2 and a half we've moved from board books to story books, but this one stays in rotation for sure.
 
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My kids LOVE the No David books. When I want to REALLY tell them not to do something I say "NO DAVID!!!" and they get the meaning. They have them completely memorized and still love them.
 
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Some wonderful suggestions here. I'll add to the list anything by Rosemary Wells, whose books are utterly charming, and some Maurice Sendaks like "Where the Wild Things Are" and "In the Night Kitchen."
 
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One that I would recommend you NOT read to your child would be Shel Silverstein's _The ABZ Book_. But you'll enjoy it!
 
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thanks for the ideas!

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My daughter liked "The Large and Growly Bear", especially when she was in a growly mood herself. But it's out of print now, I believe.
 
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Originally posted by Mark Spritzler:
Here's a cool book from an ex-girlfriend of mine.
Mark



Mark, Are you sure she is your ex?
 
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A.A. Milne (the original 4 Winnie the Pooh books), will be as much fun for you as for your kids
 
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Originally posted by Bert Bates:
A.A. Milne (the original 4 Winnie the Pooh books), will be as much fun for you as for your kids



Who told you I was a Winnie the Pooh kid. My winnie the pooh was so warn my mom had to sew it up all time with patches when I was growing up.

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I really liked The Snowman Its a lovely story told without the use of words but it still manages to say alot about things that are important, like the power of imagination and even global warming. I wish I had been introduced to it as a child instead I came across it as a teenager and it still touched me in some ways.
 
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Check out _The Lonely Doll_ series if you want books that will facinate your pre-school daughter -- but which you will find vaguely disturbing for reasons you cannot fathom.

The pictures are black-and-white photographs taken of a beautiful doll with various stuffed-animal acquaintances acting out the story. They have been compared with photographs by Helmut Newton, and some have claimed the photos and stories capture a vague but unspoken atmosphere of menace and sadomasochism. (The author, a retired fashion model, was said to have been sexually abused as a child.)

You can find more discussion of this children's series by doing a web search. My wife found a couple of these books at a library old-book sale for $1, and sold them each on E-Bay for $100.
 
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Both of my kids loved the Sandra Boynton books. The are short but fun to read / listen to as well as being very colorful.

  • Birthday Monsters
  • Barnyard Dance (My daughters favorite book)
  • The Going to bed book


  • There are others, but these are the most memorable.
     
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    Originally posted by George Harris:
    Both of my kids loved the Sandra Boynton books. The are short but fun to read / listen to as well as being very colorful.

  • Birthday Monsters
  • Barnyard Dance (My daughters favorite book)
  • The Going to bed book


  • There are others, but these are the most memorable.


    My favorites from Ms. Boynton are...
  • The Going to Bed Book
  • Moo Baa La La La
  • But Not the Hippopotamus
  • Doggies

  • Wait... I mean they're my daughter's favorites. No wait, I don't have kids. They're... ummm... my niece and nephew's favorites. Yeah, that's it.
     
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    Originally posted by George Harris:
    Both of my kids loved the Sandra Boynton books.



    Seconded to the boynton books. I like "Not the hippopotamus", we read "barnyard dance" at least once a week, and we used to read "hippos go berserk" at least that often.
    [ September 24, 2007: Message edited by: Fred Rosenberger ]
     
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    Originally posted by Eric Pascarello:
    Well my little one is now 4 months old and I am getting ready for the future with reading bed time stories. I would like to know of any books the fellow rancher's kids enjoyed to listen to.

    Eric



    Just in case, don't make too much stress about it. Give your child warmness and keep your expectations low. It's a 4 month old baby still.
     
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    Originally posted by Darya Akbari:

    Just in case, don't make too much stress about it. Give your child warmness and keep your expectations low. It's a 4 month old baby still.



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    If your child doesn't get into the right preschool, you can forget about a good elementary school and without a good elementary school you can kiss Ivy League goodbye!!!
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    To much pressure and expectations can hit back and at the end you have a child that hates you and is a drug addict. The rest comes by the child itself. A child is from nature interested in learning. Hence I would never recommend Eric anything else than that the 4 month's mum give her baby warmness and protection .
     
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