Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar, Illustrated by Polly Dunbar
We usually go to the library on Wednesdays and get a new batch of books. Thursday morning, before I had gotten a chance to read any of our new library books with her, juliet and I were in the kitchen. She walked up to me and said, "how do you do, mama?" Surprised that she knew this expression, but having no idea how she knew, I just said back to her, "how do YOU do, juliet?" she seemed pleased by this exchange and walked off to play with her toys. Later, that afternoon, as we were reading this book together, I discovered where exactly she had learned that phrase. Ben had read it to her the night before and it was so appealing to her, that she added it to her repertoire right away.
Shoe Baby is a fun story about a little baby that hides in a shoe. He travels about, to the sea, to the zoo, etc... and greets everyone he sees with a "how do you do?" Then his mom and dad (giants) come looking for him and he jumps out of the shoe and of course says, "how do you do?" It rhymes, has great illustrations (illustrated by the author's daughter, by the way), and features a pink cockatoo toodle-ing in it. What else can you ask for? :)
Activity Idea: Get out a bunch of your shoes (both mom and dad's) and set them out in a room with a full length mirror. Allow your child to have fun trying them all on and looking at herself in the mirror. Make sure you give her shoes that are safe for her to wear (no towering heels) and also ones that you don't mind getting a bit smooshed and smashed. Juliet loves getting both mine and ben's shoes out of our closet and tromping around the house in them. Join the fun and try a few on with her! Be sure to greet each other with a friendly "how do you do?"