It is hard to get my 17-month old son Danny to stay still too long for a story at nap and bedtime. We have been trying different books to interest him, and one thing that is sure to grab his attention is a good song book. He may be dancing before bed time, but at least he’s paying attention and hopefully wearing himself out!
Two favorites that Danny and my 3-year old son Kile enjoy are It’s a Grand Old Flag by George M. Cohan and When Johnny Comes Marching Home by Patrick S. Gilmore. Both of these books have great illustrations by Todd Ouren and are part of a patriotic songs series published by Picture Window Books from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The illustrations do a good job of putting a picture to what is going on in the verses of the songs, which give my 3-year interesting vocabulary such as “jubilee.” Also included in the back of the book are the complete song verses, and a great explanation about the song origins. The explanation of the song origins always entertains my husband and my self and we always learn something new.
We check these books out from the library fairly frequently, but tomorrow we’ll be searching for something new to entertain Danny!