My children are fantastically amazing. Of course they are! I can hand my four-year-old son a ziplock of puzzle pieces and he will put it together without ever needing the picture. It’s a sight to behold. He is happiest when he is solving – be it a puzzle, fitting the maximum number of cars in his pockets, or layering two pair of footie pajamas and a pair of slippers in order to wear all of his favorite superheroes at once.
My six-year-old daughter is happiest when she is creating. She draws, paints, and colors. She makes sculptures from paper and cardboard, and lots and lots of glue and tape and stickers, color, and glitter. She pretty much jumps on anything artistic immediately and with great enthusiasm and attention to detail. Which is why, when she wrote her first book this weekend, she included front and back covers and devised a way to bind it.
I sat next to her as she created this. I watched her write the words as she sounded them out. I didn’t interrupt her and I didn’t correct her spelling. I did once correct her when she tried to end a sentence with “is used”. We read it out loud together and once she heard it was used and not us Ed, she understood what she needed to do, and she did. It was absolutely amazing to sit and observe, to watch her process each word into a sentence, into an idea and make this whole thing beginning to end. I was so filled with joy I could have floated.
And with the pride of a Mamma, I present to you:
If I Were
(translations follow each image)
Inside Front Cover – A butterfly
If I were a butterfly I would lay eggs and drink nectar and fly to Atlanta.
If I were a zebra a animal that looks like a horse with black and white.
(ok, so not complete or correct – she started in her imagination and when she asked how to spell “zebra”, I gave her her picture dictionary and showed her how to look it up. She ended writing what she was reading.)
If I were a worm I would be small and with a thin body.
If I were a kangaroo I would live in Australia.
If I were a horse I would eat hay and that is used as food.
Inside Back Cover – an elephant
The Author with her final product, ever the shy one (no she’s not, she was just being goofy):
Nails also by Isabella.
Have your kids written, did your kids write books? Do share!
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