Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Joy of Reading to Rooster

Rooster and I were reading a picture book called “Noises” with drawings of animals and baby faces on each page.

I said,

“What sound does a sheep make?”

Roo said,

“Baa.”

There was a picture of a baby laughing and I asked,

“How does laughing sound, Roo?”

Rooster demonstrated laughing with a big, fake number.

Then there was a picture of a baby crying.

“How does crying sound, Roo?”

Rooster crinkled her face in disgust and with an air of utter disdain said,

“NOT GOOD!”

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In the middle of our morning routine Rooster pulled The Three Billy Goats Gruff off the shelf and handed it to K.

He started reading to her...

“Once upon a time there were three billy goats and the name of all three billy goats was…”

With a burst of literary confidence and total delight, Roo yelled,

STANLEY!”
[???????]

She turned towards me nodding vigorously, so proud of herself.

K continued reading...

“Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?”

“It is I, Stanley!”


45 comments:

melanie said...

I love that. BTW, did you mean to use her name in the first few lines?

urban-urchin said...

*snort* I love your kids. They are as funny as their mama.

JoeinVegas said...

Stanley is a very nice name for a goat.

Mimi aka pz5wjj said...

Very cute! And why wouldn't they be called Stanley?

makes perfect sense to me!

Lisa Milton said...

Has Rooster's secret identity been revealed? Will Stanley the Goat ever find true love?

I'm staying tuned...

furiousBall said...

That rocks, I miss reading to my kids so badly. Do you ever read Knuffle Bunny or the Pigeon books by Mo Willems? If not, get thee to a book store, stat.

FENICLE said...

Your kiddo's are indeed re-inventing the story. I love the imagination of this age.

And is it true? Ruby? How perfectly fitting :)

Magpie said...

Stelllllla!

That's divine.

alimartell said...

she's freakin' hilarious. i want to put her in my pocket and take her home!

Queen of Shake-Shake said...

She's so creative. I love it!

Misty Dawn said...

She's absolutely precious! I love the stories about her. Of COURSE the goats are named Stanley! DUH!

Amy said...

Stanley! That's brilliant!

Craze said...

That is great! Stanley huh? I like it.

Joeprah said...

"Not Good" hillarious. Kids rule. I laugh at mine all the time, thanks for letting me laugh at yours too!

DaddyP said...

Do you think your kids are all right?

Jordan said...

She's awesome! And I don't know if you meant to reveal her real name, but it's one of my favorites and made "Rooster" suddenly make perfect sense!

pinks & Blues Girls said...

Your kids should start their own comedy troupe. They'd be playing to packed houses.

Jane, Pinks & Blues

Jenifer said...

I think Stanley is very fitting! You know Rosebud called all her dolls Catalina for awhile after the salad dressing...

Rooster sure knows how to spin a yarn.

dgibbs said...

My husband has been talking about getting a pigmy goat (I don't know he's weird) Maybe we should name it Stanley!

notfearingchange said...

Awsome!

Josi said...

So funny. When my brother was little my mom let him name our percusomus (alge eating ugly fish) It took him three days and he finally came up with the name "John."

mamatulip said...

Love it!

Maddy said...

One of our favourites too.
Cheers

slackermommy said...

Of course they are called Stanley. They wouldn't be a Jeff or Frank. It just doesn't sound right.

Loralee Choate said...

HA HA HA HA HA! Stanley!!!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!

Mrs. Chicky said...

Stanley. I like it. It has a nice ring.

Thalia's Child said...

Teeheee!! It is I, Stanley!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHa!


That cracked me right up.

flutter said...

It is I, Stanley. Sounds like a really profound attempt at an 80's song like "Luka" or something.

She is a trip

kittenpie said...

I love that. They are just so weird, kids are, but so funny.

Lisa said...

Stanley! LOve that.

Mel said...

LMAO! "It is I, Stanley!"
That is the shit.

Kyla said...

Kids crack me up.

And her name is perfect. :)qu

Worker Mommy said...

Too cute.

crazymumma said...

oh Stanley. You nasty goat you....

carrie said...

If she says it is so, than it must be!

Stanley! Love it.

Aliki2006 said...

I love reading that particular book to the kids--it's so fun making the troll voice and the different billy goat voices...

Stanley! Too funny...

SusieJ said...

Smart, funny. They're going to come back to haunt you as teens, you know.

Anna said...

Stanley for a goat's name. Your kid is a genius! *lol* At least she gives good names. Could've been worse, something totally not genius. Like... "Goatie" or something. *lol*

painted maypole said...

hmmmm... Maybe she is a comic book fan and was trying to reference Stan Lee?

Lori at Spinning Yellow said...

I swear those kids couldn't get any cuter!

Damselfly said...

As in, maybe, Flat Stanley????

nell said...

Hahaha! That is great! I wish self-consciousness didn't make us self-censor as we get older.

Shannon said...

I love it! The goats named Stanley. You had me laughing out loud.

Lawyer Mama said...

The Rooster is hysterical! I love her to death and I've never even met her.

Oh & Jess, thank you so much for the PP award. I'm touched. (And I don't mean that in a dirty way.)

Lotta said...

That's awesome! When can I babysit?