My 4 year old son, Cole, absolutely loves The Story of Ferdinand by: Munro Leaf. Lately, Ferdinand's story has been read nightly in our house. I remember when my daughter went through this stage, reading her favorite picture book over and over. Some nights can be rather mind numbing reading the same pages over and over.
As my son began this obsession with the docile bull, I paid close attention to his observations. He always notices the illustrations, and makes a lot of meaning from what he notices in them. He began with fairly general questions. "What's a cork tree?" "Why does the big Ferdinand have horns, and the little Ferdinand doesn't?" After reading 3 or 4, he started noticing more specific details such as the characters expressions in the pictures, and asking questions about the background illustrations.
Tonight, Cole proved that he not only knows the story by heart, but he also proved, that even after more than 20 readings -he is still growing his thinking about Ferdinand.
A Glimpse of Our Conversation...
"Cole, what do you want to read?" I call while Cole brushes his teeth. Before he even answers, I fish out The Story of Ferdinand and hop onto his bed.