Every night we read books. Ladybug loves anything funny, silly or cute (think baby animals), but she really leans toward anything to do with science or nature. Her choice last night was “Animals, a visual encyclopedia,” by DK Publishing.
Ladybug was very excited about the book, explaining that this one has mammals, insects, babies, frogs, under the sea and best of all – eggs.
“Eggs is my favorite one. It says it on that page, but we’re gonna go through the whole book. Here’s the under the sea, but let’s look at mammals. Lookit, awwwww, there’s dogs. It shows you where all of the animals live in here. That’s cool. Here’s one with babies and that’s its skeleton. It shows you inside of them.
“And these are animals and monkeys, and these are the ones with the funny butts. The funny red butts. I have one of the little ones that has a red butt, but the big one doesn’t have a red butt. I don’t know why.” Ladybug has boxes of little plastic toy animals – mammals, bugs, lizards, snakes, dinosaurs and sea creatures. She dumps the box and decides which group is going to play that day – big cats, monkeys, butterflies, horses, snakes, lizards, spiders – the list goes on. Sometimes they are all at school, sometimes they’re going to a dance. Sometimes they are princesses who have become butterflies or dogs.
Her favorite page, the one that shows all of the eggs, was very exciting. “Here it is! These are all the eggs. Which one is this?” We read through every egg so she can see it’s name. “What’s this one called?” The rose-winged parakeet. “What’s this one called?” The domestic chicken. “What’s this one called?” Peregrin Falcon. “What’s this one called?” Common Oyster-catcher. “What’s this one called?” Richard’s Pitpit. “What?” Richard’s Pitpit. “What is this one called?” Great Snipe. “What is this one called?” Richard’s Pitpit. “What is this one called?” Richard’s Pitpit. This continues for a few minutes. Uncontrollable giggles ensue.
Richard’s Pitpit – the grand winner of the silliest bird name ever.