After the first reading of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss, Aaron and I were thinking it might not be the best fit for our still-cooking Little Bean.
(Sidebar: Anyone who knows me realizes that I am a HUGE believer in the truth, even when it is unpleasant. We certainly plan to be completely honest with Baby for his/her entire life. That said, the last 4 months in utero may not be the best time to tell him/her about the most difficult parts of life that lie ahead…plenty of time for that in the future. So, the book remains one of my all time favorites and will certainly be read to Baby many times, but only after we’ve cut the umbilical cord and possibly not until we’ve begun to develop some basic reasoning skills. This is a fascinating topic that clearly deserves its own post: what is and is not appropriate material for Little Bean, Baby, Toddler, etc.? I’ll have to think about that for awhile and I imagine my opinion will continually evolve.)
We decided we would have to find some other books to read for now. Then, while perusing books online, I accidentally came across an even better option:
Note that it is not actually written by Dr. Seuss but based on his work. Apparently, he was “most intrigued by the development of babies while they are in their mother’s womb”. Anyway, I had our local bookstore order a copy from their wholesaler and I went in yesterday afternoon to pick it up. Not surprisingly, I ended up with a few more things:
What can I say? Books and food are the only things I never tire of shopping for. You can never have too many books!