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Do any of your kids have strange reading material at bedtime? My son's (2.5 yo) current favorite is excerpts from the Visual Encyclopedia of Technology (in German), especially the parts about engines and trains. Encyclopedias are a very hot topic here right now (insects, planets, whatever). We didn't think anything of it until my mom came for a visit and was horrified. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I just thought of a funny aside:<br>
My mom tried to read to him from the encyclopedia and started off, "This is a big choo-choo train. This is a small one...". My DS just looked at her like <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:. I had to explain that he wanted real explanations: "You can tell the difference between a streetcar and a subway train by the third rail. On the streetcar, the third rail is a wire running overhead. That way the electricity doesn't get stopped by leaves on the line or snow.", "Train bridges over water need to be high enough for ships to pass underneath.", etc. She was like, "You guys are so wierd! Why do you read him stuff like this when he can barely talk?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I think she made the common assumption that his spoken language is at the same level as his receptive language.
 

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When my son was that age he often wanted us to read to him from this Baby and Child Care book we'd received as a gift when he was born. It was very dry, factual, you can imagine. But he liked it. He's 5 now and LOVES fiction but also still is into non fiction about just about any subject. I think some kids like hearing new words written in new and interesting ways. We're in quite a children's dictionary phase right now too. We've got several and he'll sit and read them for ages. I totally agree that they're understand WAY more of what they hear than they can express. Sometimes its years later that you find out they were absorbing everything they heard in a book or aconversation when they were two.
 

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DD likes us to read from a field guide to the seashore and ocean sometimes. You know, like, descriptions of 20 kinds of coral.
 

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There was the long period where we had to read "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" every night before bed. I still have most of it memorized. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Dude, that's an awesome thing to have to read every night if you have to read the same thing every night! Way better than "Brain coral has deep fissures..." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Yeah, but she always caught us when we started to doze off and make mistakes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
It was pretty hilarious when she saw a mermaid doll at the store and proclaimed "I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think that they will sing to me." She was three.
 

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Um. A Dictionary.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It's a dictionary for children with a couple of pictures on each page, but it's still a dictionary. And he would sit through every definition on each one of the 100-200 pages if we were willing to read all of it.
 

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My DS would sit through the German-English children's dictionary I had when he was about 1.5 yo. He actually learned a lot, too! Although sometimes he would just search the pictures for cars and say "Auto!" It was one of 3 words he could say so he was always eager to use it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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OMG, that is awesome.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Um. A Dictionary.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It's a dictionary for children with a couple of pictures on each page, but it's still a dictionary. And he would sit through every definition on each one of the 100-200 pages if we were willing to read all of it.</div>
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Did your head explode?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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OMG, that is awesome.</div>
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Ja, she is the queen of the obscure literary reference. She has this little half-grin when she slips one in. Too cute.
 

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I LOVE the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. I'm actually going to read that to my guy tonight. I haven't thought about that poem in a long time. I think he'd like it with all of its strong imagery. Plus he's got this little mermaid facination going on since we read the Little Mermaid.
 

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Wow, that is sooo cool! I LOVE Prufrock. I think I will start reading that to my kids. What a fabulous thing to have in their little memory banks! Can you imagine the looks on high school English teacher's faces?
 

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Sadly, DD won't let us read to her most of the time anymore, but I remember when she went through a weird phase . . .we have a cockatiel guide and she'd make us re-read descriptions of their illnesses (complete with gross pictures). Recently my mom came over and DD pulled out that book-- to discuss those gross pictures with her! (Yeah, DD wants to be a vet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)
 

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Oh, I'm jealous of the Prufrock-lover. Our 22 month old is quite insistent on a big fat "History of John Deere Tractors" book, complete with explanations about how diesel engines work, etc...(snore...)
 

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I love these! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Brings back memories. My oldest dd had a bird guide book that she LOVED to have read to her around ages 2-3. Then she would constantly be telling family and friends, "Did you know the chickadee...blah, blah, blah." And the answer would often be, "Yes, I believe you told me that already." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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OK, I am cracking myself up imagining the book club discussions our kiddos would have. The juxtoposition of topics...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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