Last night I was explaining to kathleen what nymphs are, and said that fishing is huge during the nymph hatching season because the fish are go nuts for them. "They practically jump into your net," I said, as if I actually knew.
At that point ivy interjected with "Sitting on a water lily, calling to a trout."
I didn't quite hear her, so I asked her to repeat it, and she did. "It sounds familiar but I can't place it... is it a song or a book?"
"It's in Aunt Giraffe's Green Garden," she said. And then of course I remembered it because I've read her that book at least a dozen times, just not recently.
Sally Sally, you're so silly
what are you about?
Sitting on a water lily,
calling to a trout!
And there's a picture of sally sitting there with a huge fish jumping out of the water toward her.
So not only is she memorizing faster than I am, she has better recall and applies it in context. Also, she has far better vision - whenever we're in low light and have a disagreement about what color something is, I lose. I expect her to best me in everything by 2012.
Parental units! If you don't know Jack Prelutsky you are hugely missing out. I often have to dispose of books that attempt rhyming because the word choices so badly suck. Kids' books written by a poet are the standout champions in all categories - especially the all-important re-readability.
I bought delicious library and scanned all of ivy's books in - was surprised to find there are almost four hundred. I had expected a feature where I could create a web page out of my high-rated books so I could share a few more of her favorite authors and show book covers with it all nicely linked to amazon purchases, but no such luck. I'll share a less thrilling version of our favorites at some point.