Moo Baa La La La
Before we had a baby, I had no idea who Sandra Boynton was. We received Moo Baa La La La as a gift to welcome the Doodle into the world and it introduced me into the wonderful world of her books.
Moo Baa La La La was one of the first toys the Doodle gravitated towards, despite the fact it was a book. At first it was tasty and it was one of her favourite things to chew. Then she liked to pick it up off of the shelf and throw it on the floor. Eventually she would sit and flip through the board book pages on her own.
Over the first 12 or so months of her life, the Doodle wasn’t into being read to. With the exception of Moo Baa La La La.
She’d consistently pull it off of the shelf and curl up on my lap for a good read. She’d sit quietly, entirely enthralled with the story. Sometimes it would even elicit squeals. Once the story was over the Doodle was off again in constant motion. She wouldn’t even consider sitting for another book.
It’s a tattered, torn, chewed and well-loved book. There’s actually a chunk that’s been eaten right through the spine.
I’ve read Moo Baa La La La so many times that I can now recite it from memory. Which I’m inclined to do at random times. I have been caught shouting out lines from the book during car rides, while waiting in the grocery store line or as we get the kiddo dressed in the morning.
It’s no wonder that the Doodle can now, too, help read Moo Baa La La La.
It started a few days ago when she suddenly said “neigh” at the right time in the story. Then she added in “moo” and “baa.” Tonight for the first time she added in “la la” and “oink.” Usually, when we get to the pigs saying “la la la” she’s already shaking her head ‘no’ and wagging her finger in opposition.
We’ve also downloaded the iPad version of the book which is equally awesome. Sometimes she’ll try to tap the animals in the board book to make them do the actions/sounds they do in the virtual version.
We’re BIG Sandra Boynton fans in this house.