Pen Elaine’s most favorite book…this week

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This series of Pete the Cat books by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean will make you laugh and teach some good lessons for children. We got introduced to them at our local library’s fiddler story time, where the librarian dearths children the one about Pete’s Four groovy buttons. The whole group was into it- between the singing and the rhyming and the funny cat pictures -which is very impressive for a group of 15 babies or toddlers and their parents to be all interested in a book at the same time! I knew this series must be special and worth finding to check out for home enjoyment (and to share with Daddy). We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes;Pen Elaine sought it out numerous times for us to read. I also like one of the series’ recurring themes of not worrying about daily types of ‘kid stressors’ like clothing malfunctions or starting to school. Plus, I love the surprise ending to Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons!

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Reading together allows time to snuggle; it is a predictable activity that Pen Elaine can count on for spending time with mommy & daddy and knowing how to react to a situation, and so it builds her world of safety and trust that allows her to spend her energies on learning and growing (Here is a site with more technical attachment articles). When helping a young child to focus on the same thing for a more prolonged period, this is sometimes called maintaining their attention, which helps build their attention span and decrease the chance for developing some sort of attention disorder or difficulty (ref e.g. Bono & Stifter, 2003).

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