Reindeer continually surprises us with his memory.
A few months ago we noticed that he was starting to recite passages of dialogue from his favourite stories.
Now, he will read the whole of several of his favourite stories at random points during the day. Quite often I’ll hear ‘A mouse took a stroll…’ as he starts his favourite – The Gruffalo.
Other favourites include The Gruffalo’s Child, The Bear and The Piano and Ten Wishing Stars.
He also recites passages of dialogue from Hey Duggee or Peter Rabbit – the two tv shows he occasionally watches.
A few weeks ago he began to act out some of these scenes with his cars and will substitute character names for his car names.
At bath time he will mimic the frog from Room on the Broom as he washes.
He’s started to sing, too, even though he can be quite forceful about me only singing at certain times. Since his sister was born I’ve been singing more than usual – he has lots of songs he requests – but the one which he’ll now sing solo and unpromoted is I Can Sing A Rainbow. Listening to Reindeer practice modulating his pitch and tone is fascinating, as well as heating him get to grips with timing and phrasing.
It’s fascinating to watch this staged of development and I’m astounded by how much he retains.
Although the recall is there, his understanding of context is still catching up. He is yet to get to grips with a lot of the emotional content/implication. That said, his sense of humour is developing apace.
Despite being so familiar with the text and dialogue, he isn’t yet at the point where he can/will answer questions on what he’s saying. This will come with time, I suspect.
Until then, I’m grateful that Julia Donaldson has written so many good books – for a book lover like myself it’s a real treat to share a second literary childhood with my own children.