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Old 06-06-2009, 03:16 PM   #21
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We read loads of books to our kids including such staples as Thomas the Tank Engine, Winnie the Pooh, Beatrix Potter etc.

But the ones we enjoyed immensely was a new set of books called Puddle Lane. There were five sets of books (different cover colour for each set), the first set (Stage 1) being the easiest to read and the last set (Stage 5) being the hardest. Since they were intended for children who are learning to read, the books with lower reading stages would present the text in two versions: the left page contained the full version, to be read aloud by the parent, while the right page contained a simplified version for the child.

As the child grew older the stories grew more complex and exciting and were suitable from ages 2 through 6 - although we adults thoroughly enjoyed the plots in the later books.
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Nobody's reading Walter the Farting Dog?

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Nobody's reading Walter the Farting Dog?
I absolutely would have read that to my kids if it was around at the time
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I am going to buy this for me!
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Nobody's reading Walter the Farting Dog?
Reminds me of the time we were having a party at our house and guests were arriving. Our 8 year old son looked at the food on the table with glee until I told him that it wasn't for him and that we had pizza for him and his sister who were expected to play upstairs out of the way. His reply was "Rats, fate farts in my face once again". Fortunately our guests thought this was very funny and didn't ask what sort of books we read to our kids....
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Our 8 year old son looked at the food on the table with glee until I told him that it wasn't for him and that we had pizza for him and his sister who were expected to play upstairs out of the way. His reply was "Rats, fate farts in my face once again".
That's some pretty impressive alliteration for an 8-year-old.
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That's some pretty impressive alliteration for an 8-year-old.
he's a hoot.

Both our kids are avid readers, and we were starting to get worried about him as he could not read at all by age 4, while his sister read her first book before she was 3. Then he took off like a bullet and at age 5 was reading The Hobbit and had read all 3 Lord of the Rings books by age 7.

We remember him talking to his sister once saying he only got a B in English one semester because "his English teacher was parsimonious with his marking", and his sister told him that he deserved an A just for knowing how to use the word parsimonious in a sentence

He has cerebral palsy and his symptoms are very similar to those with Asperger's syndrome. (I have a 10 yr old niece with Asperger's as well)
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We remember him talking to his sister once saying he only got a B in English one semester because "his English teacher was parsimonious with his marking", and his sister told him that he deserved an A just for knowing how to use the word parsimonious in a sentence.
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Among many others mentioned above, I also read one of my childhood favorites to DD, and still have it to read to DGD. The Boxcar Children series.

I tried reading her the John Carter of Mars series, but she got scared. I think I started too early.
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Nobody's reading Walter the Farting Dog?

Saw that at the bookstore, wanted it but was in an anal retentive frugal mood.

Here's one to read to your dog:
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"Good Night Moon" approximately 14,367 times. The child did not sleep.

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Nobody's reading Walter the Farting Dog?

Many a time. I think we have 3 in this series plus a plush Walter that makes farting sounds when you squeeze it.
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fate farts in my face once again". Fortunately our guests thought this was very funny ....
Abundant alliteration Alan
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The kids get it from their mother and her side of the family - I was just pleased to pass the necessary minimum English exam for entry to university

Me and my lot are just a load of "pit yakkers" from the Durham minefields.
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Mr. Brown can Moo is a favorite Seuss and Fox in Socks is soo hard but fun to read

For older kids, all the Kate DiCamillo books are wonderful for reading aloud together - Edward Tulane is incredibly moving and sweet, we purchased most of her books after that one and have enjoyed them all. The chapters are just long enough you can get a couple in if you have lots of time, or just one if you're in a hurry and they each leave you anticipating the next one.

Ella the Elephant books are nice for preschoolers. Mr. Stinky Cheeseman is silly and fun to read as well.
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