calling to a trout
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.