A recent research study conducted by the Early Start Research Institute at the University of Wollongong in South Wales, UK, found that reading to children is important. It also found that when fathers read to their children they may have a different style and approach than mothers.
While moms tend to focus on details in the book itself, dads tend to relate the story details to their own life experiences as well as those of their children. The study found for example, “when a ladder was discussed in the book, many fathers mentioned the last time they had used a ladder to climb up on the roof or use it for their work. Mothers focused more on the details in the book and often asked children to label or count objects or identify colors.”
Of course it is important that both moms and dads spend time reading to kids. Daily reading, such as before bedtime, promotes positive bonding, encourages communication and builds language skills. More information here.
The story of two squirrels, brothers Morten and Gordon live on a farm and are loving it. Whether they are watching the farmer plant his crops or sampling them, they always seem to be living life to the fullest. One night, a storm comes and the brothers need to find shelter. Morten and Gordon scurry up to the farmer’s porch and seek refuge from the weather in his warm boots, staying safe and dry all night long.
With vibrantly colorful illustrations by Ann Pilicer, “Morten and Gordon” is sure to catch a child’s eye.
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