I came across these old pics from last year while browsing through our images archive…
These are some snack boxes I got back for Apu while travelling. He loved the animal theme boxes in different sizes, but as you can see from the condition of the print on the lids, his preference tends towards the largest. (It doesnt matter that the snacks rattle around in the box since I dont like him to get too full before lunch)
Here’s what Apu did one morning when he got too full to finish his toast, but didnt want me to throw it out…
More silliness… Some lovely playdoh snakes Apu made one evening…
Here’s the little Le Ploop (Peppy Le Ploop aka Peppy Lappi Loop) enjoying his bowl of ‘chicken-soup-and-rice’
One evening he suddenly asked me if I could make chicken soup with rice for him. When I asked him where he had got that idea (of soup with rice) he said he heard about it in a story read at school – ‘And my mouth watered when I heard that story’
How could I NOT make the soup and rice for him – immediately – despite having an entire other dinner all ready??
And here’s my other handsome – Pappa Le Ploop – in his newely dry cleaned jacket – All set for a boys night out:
I’m so kicked and impressed – My lovely baby is all mesmerized hearing me read my ‘Wizard of Oz’ book to him. Well what I’m so impressed about is that this is the texty unabridged version – with a few black and white illustrations and lots of text – something I got from a pen pal when I was maybe 10 or 11… And yet he could keep listening for hours if only I would keep reading…
To quote the opening lines of Alice (in Wonderland) – ‘Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book’ though Alice, ‘without pictures or conversation?’
I had to explain the concept of ‘book chapters’ to him – since I want to read only a few chapters every day, and he can’t understand why the book doesn’t end!
Here he is looking at the drawings in the book while I get dinner ready. (Break between two chapters)
One of the sections we like best is:
‘So the Wicked Witch took the Golden Cap from her cupboard and placed it upon her head. Then she stood upon her left foot and said slowly, “Ep-pe, pep-pe, kak-ke!”
Next she stood upon her right foot and said, “Hil-lo, hol-lo, hel-lo!”
After this she stood upon both feet and cried in a loud voice… “Ziz-zy, zuz-zy, zik!”
(We demonstrated this chant with actions a couple of times to ourselves before Apu went to sleep)
So well, he isn’t always so grown up and all… He misinterprets things all the time – but his logic makes sense too!
Another favorite bed time read is ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’
And there’s one page that reads – ‘Weeks passed, and the little rabbit grew very old and shabby. He even began to lose his shape, and he scarcely looked like a rabbit anymore, except to the Boy.’
At this point, Apu always shouts out – “Yes! He looked like a bear!”
Here’s the picture that corresponds to that page :-)