It’s Not All Mary Poppins

When is a Book Not a Book?

Little Anna loves to open and close doors. Open, shut, open, shut, open, shut. She can stand in front of the cupboard, happily entertained for eight or nine minutes at a stretch. Open, shut, open, shut. She loves to lift and drop the flaps on the play table, lift up, set down, lift up, set down. She can while away large chunks of time opening and shutting boxes, turning light switches on and off, flipping the straw on her cup up and snapping it down, over and over again. This is all evidence of a single fascination, very common for her age. Any guesses? A single fascination. All these activities have one thing in common.

Hint: They’re all _________*.

Today we read a counting book. No, ‘read’ is the wrong word. I started out reading it, assuming that’s what Anna wanted. Silly me. Not that a page of a counting book takes much reading – especially ‘one’ and ‘two’. ‘Nine’ and ‘ten’? Now we’re getting into serious pre-toddler reading. But even on the very first page, Anna was not about to wait for me to finish blithering on about windmills and the colour of elephants. Puh-leeez!

“One elephant. See, Anna? One big, gre–.” Whoosh. New page. Okay, then. “Two windmills. The windmills ha–” Flip. Three. Flip. Fou– Flip. A whirlwind tour of one through ten. Puppies, dollies, tractors, and whales. Flip, flip, flip. Then some agitation on Anna’s part, until Mary got with the program and started from the beginning again.

Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip. Back to the beginning.
(Five ‘flips’ because each ‘flip’ has two numbers.)
Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip. Back to the beginning.
Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip. Back to the beginning.
Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip. Back to the beginning.
Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip. Back to the beginning.
Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip. Back to the beginning.
Flip, flip, flip, flip, flip. Back to the beginning.

Thirty-seven times through the book.
Thirty-seven times.
One hundred eighty-five flips.

When is a Book not a Book?
When it’s a *Hinge.

Flip,
flip,
flip,
flip,
flip,
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© 2006, Mary P

October 12, 2006 Posted by | Developmental stuff, Mischief | 11 Comments