Sarah’s parents got a book for Porter a few weeks ago when they visited the George M. Schulz Airport in Santa Rosa. It’s called Amazing Airplanes and has quickly become one of his favorites. It’s not uncommon for me to have to read it three times at bedtime. The verse is a sing-song rhyme, a little like Dr. Suess, and it’s short. But it goes through the whole airport/airplane experience. One amazing thing about this book is that because we’ve read it so many times, I’ve noticed Porter speaking the text along with me, sort of a beat behind. You know how people sing the lyrics to a song when they don’t quite know the words and there’s just a little hesitation until they here the first word or two and then they know the rest? Well it’s sort of like that. So the other night after we’d read it again two or three times, Porter wanted to read it himself, which is not that unusual in and of itself. He will often silently page through his books, looking at the pictures. But this time it was different. On each page he spoke many of the correct words in the text and in a few cases he’d memorized correctly the entire page. And it gave the illusion that he was actually reading the words. He can read the letters, but has a hard time sounding them out in a sequence. So this was very cool to witness.
On the back of the book, there’s pictures of a number of other books by the same author and illustrator. Since this one was so successful, I also ordered the ones about trains, rockets, boats, diggers, trucks, and fire engines. We’re still missing tractors and cars (but that one’s still only in hardback) and then a new one on submarines is scheduled to come out in August. So far, he’s really liked them all, but especially the ones on trains and rockets — no surprise there.
Porter reading his new favorite book.
Putting the book down long enough to give me a quick smile.