Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Goodnight Gorilla

All of my kids love to read, and a bedtime story is definitely part of our nightly routine. Currently, Lucas is hooked on Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann. Every night after he is all cozy in his pajamas with his green blankie in hand, he walks over to his basket of books and finds Good Night, Gorilla.

We snuggle up together in his rocking chair, the light of the nearby lamp casting a warm glow over the pages. He smiles as we begin, "Good night, Gorilla. Good night, Elephant...."

He points out the same things on every page-- the pink balloon, the Elephant's bouncy ball, and the bright moon in the night sky. He also likes to say the sounds for each animal as it is introduced. My favorite sound is for the Hyena. "Ha, ha, ha!" he says. And when the silly Gorilla is discovered in bed with the zookeeper and his wife, he giggles like it is the funniest joke he's ever heard. And at the end, he always puts his own finger to his lips and says "Shhhh", just like the Gorilla on the cover of the book.

I am sure he won't want to read Good Night, Gorilla forever. But for now, I will treasure the times that my busy little boy stops moving long enough to snuggle with me as we read together.


Ashley said...

I can remember Grant doing that with "Goodnight Moon". I pulled it the other day and read it to him for old times sake. He still loved it, just not like he did when he was Lucas's age.

Heather said...

We love that book! The kids used to act it out, building animal cages and all. I think it's so adorable when toddlers do the shushing sign. I can just picture Lucas saying shh! Cute!