Bedtime Reading: Storybook with no words

Every night before bed,  Bubbles looks forward to bedtime reading. She will announce Read Books! Read Books! Read this, Mummy! This one! etc etc

This is one book that she insists on reading almost every night (and many times during the day):

This book was a gift and it is not actually a storybook. The pages are filled with pictures of places that Dora explores. A child is supposed to look and find objects specified by different themes (eg. matching things, colours, shapes etc)

Honestly when we first received this book, I was a bit skeptical about it. First of all, I was thinking - do I want Bubbles to be exposed to this Dora character so early? Will I go broke in the near future with her nagging me for Dora mechandise? Then, when I realised it is not actually a storybook, I rolled my eyes. A book with no words? Huh? What good is that?!

I was proven very wrong however, as this book has been fantastic for Bubbles' vocabulary and speech development! Bubbles loves the pictures and we've had hours of 'conversations' talking about the characters, objects, and animals in the book. I would ask her where, what and why questions to lead her to use and repeat new words. She would always be keen to respond to me and gets rather immersed in the imaginative process!

Her ability to scan for objects across a page has also improved tremendously. This skill has helped her look for things in general, and she has developed rather 'sharp eyes'.
In recent weeks, 'reading' this book has gone up a notch. Bubbles suddenly started imaging all sorts of scenarios! For example, she would tell me about characters being hungry, and would search for food across the pages. Then, she'll pretend to pluck the food out, and flip the pages back and forth to feed the characters that she deemed hungry.

She has also told me she wants to jump in pond and then shout Splish Splash! and say need to wear swimsuit.

Or she'll tell me One swing for Bubbles, One for Dora, One for Boots

It has been really highly entertaining. I'm looking forward to the day when she truly invents her own stories and writes them down. Like this little boy I am so impressed with!

I'm not going to sniff at wordless storybooks anymore!

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mummybean said...

how fun! i love how she tells her own stories from the pics :) noey loves to do that too, which is why his favourite books are the richard scarry ones -- there are plenty of pictures on the page! you're right, it really helps to build vocabulary and imagination.

Susan said...

Sophie's favorite books are picture books too! I agree that it helps in their vocab as they are pointing out the details in the book that I tend to overlook.
I love Bubble's creativity in story telling. Sounds like she's going to be a talker soon.

Tina said...

you've been so good in your recommendation. do you think this is a good gift for a one year old boy? what else will you recommend?

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

I'll have to check out Richard Scarry then! I hope they can be found at the library. I'm always excited when you tell me Bubbles is doing things Noey used to do, makes me look forward to other adorable things that Noey has been doing the past year! hee :)

Yes, they do love the pictures, don't they? You're right, Bubbles is already a chatterbox. She talks almost non-stop and does monologues several times a day =P I should do a blog post on that soon! haha

Aww thanks I just share what worked for us :) Hmm, Bubbles did receive this book for her 1st birthday. However, the Dora series is more for girls rather than boys though - some people might be particular about that! You can consider books by Eric Carle, Karen Katz (slightly girly but ok), Eric Hill (Spot the dog series) or Dr Suess board books (lift-the-flap ones)- there's a series for toddlers that Bubbles loves! Or, for boys, I like to buy dinosaur related stuff. Always a hit! haha =)

fibrate said...

"Wordless" books are great fun because there's no structure, and you can get hours and hours out of them talking about the pictures and improvising along the way. I loved looking at pictures as a child, and while Muffin loves Dr Seuss and Eric Carle, her favourite books are those with bright pictures and little words. We love creating stories together! :)