Pen Elaine’s most favorite book…this week


I am pretty tired of reading this book we are currently borrowing from the library, but Pen Elaine can’t get enough of it. I have to admit there are some funny parts, and I do love an excuse to make a fake sneeze. This is a sweet story of surprising mama for her birthday that ends up involving a lot of mess and even some firemen. If you get a chance to check this one out, tell me if I’m crazy but I think mama and one of the firemen are making googly eyes at each other on the last page…perhaps a mutual attraction…

Reading together is an opportunity for joint attention or mutual gaze, in which we are both attending to the same point of interest at the same time. Research has shown that infants and young children actually have better memory for objects they’ve seen during joint attention, better learning, and higher brain activation (example article by Reid & Striano) than when attending to the same object independently.



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