So--here's the truth. I haven't shared any of Beatrix Potter's tales with Kyle this month. Why wouldn't he consent to it? Winne-the-Pooh, that's why. Yep, we have completely finished the first book included in our A.A. Milne anthology that we started in response to last month's Children's Classics carnival. He loves them.
I see many similarities between the two authors actually. They both use big vocabulary and wry humor, which bumps a child's comprehension level up a notch (and probably makes bedtime reading a bit more interesting for Mama).
I know we've read one or two before, and this anthology was a favorite of Amanda's when she was his age. I think that those mischievous little animals are thrilling to mischievous little people. The drawings are gorgeous, and if you haven't tried out the original stories as opposed to some simplified board book versions, or looked beyond Peter Rabbit to Squirrel Nutkin and the like, I encourage you to do so.
The other thing I like about both of my particular anthologies is that they are heavy on text. The page is filled with text and has smaller pictures interspersed on the page. I think that this has increased my children's listening abilities. Kyle doesn't always seem like he's paying attention, but he gets it.
Read more about Beatrix Potter at 5 Minutes for Books' Children's Classics carnival.