Thursday, May 26, 2011

Little Black Cat

Ever since Raphaela was born, we have regularly read the book "Maisy's Bedtime" before sleep, and as she has gotten older, we have both become addicted to the series of Maisy books by Lucy Cousins.  In the past week, Raphaela has become amazed that these books seem to have come to life, in our little neighborhood.

For the past few days, we have fed a family of  a mother cat and her kittens, born in our neighboring building's front yard.  One of the kittens is Little Black Cat, the character who stars in the book, "Maisy's Fire Engine," among others.  This kitten jumps around and plays hide-and-seek in the bushes, and Raphaela watches and laughs, entranced by the performance.

When we go to the supermarket, Raphaela understands the concept much clearer thanks to  "Maisy Goes Shopping."  She delights in hearing the siren of a the fire truck, and I can't wait to take her to the beach, a place she recognizes from the Maisy collection.

As a parent, I recommend the series, though some are more compelling than others in terms of story telling.  Maisy can be used as a fantastic motivator as well, since Raphaela believes that the mouse character is one of her best friends.

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