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Silly Sally

Silly Sally went to town
Waking backwards,
Upside down.

On the way she met a pig,
A silly pig,
They danced a jig.

Silly Sally went to town,
Dancing backwards,
Upside down.
– “Silly Sally” by Audrey Wood

Three year olds and their love of repetition. You gotta love it, right? Or I could just be losing my mind. This is the book we’ve had to read every night at bedtime during this last week. And I very well could be losing my mind since I’ve found myself reciting the words to it during the day. Still on the fence about whether it’s better than reading The Cat in the Hat, Fox in Socks, or Green Eggs and Ham every night(her other favorites).

For the parents out there, are there any books your kids wanted to read over and over(and over and over and…)? Are you ever able to convince them to read something else or just have to go with the flow? Are there any books you remember wanting to read over and over as a kid?

Comments on: "Silly Sally" (2)

  1. My boys (17 months apart) loved Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch. That had to be read every night for years–no substitutions! Oh, and Good Night, Moon–but both had to be read every night. I never got them not to read those–after a few months, they would say the words out loud along with me.

    We added books as they got older, but it was a good four years before we dropped those two favorites!

  2. jeanette writes said:

    My kids nor I have never had the compulsion to read anything over and over again except after long periods had gone by. Both of my children are older than your 3yo, but one of their favorite books is The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. It makes a whole lot more sense and is funnier after the readers have developed a strong familiarity with the most popular fairy tales in our culture, but your kid might enjoy a few of the stories anyway.

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