Mummy / daughter book club

I sit on Miss Three’s bed waiting and smiling as she stands in front of her book shelf deliberating.

She moves her fingers carefully along the spines of her books. It is as if the books are whispering her name begging her to re-enter their fantasy land. She will occasionally pull one out and smile softly as if she and the book share a secret. This can go on for seemingly ever until I hurry her along.

I can’t help but smile because I know that while she could stand there forever, lately she only ever settles on either her beloved Hairy Maclary or new interest Fancy Nancy which was given to her for Christmas.

Hairy has been a favourite for a long while. She’ll cuddle into my nook as I read one of the playful stories to her. These days she joins in with me knowing the cleverly rhyming narratives off by heart. She is so animated when chanting along with me, her favourite being Caterwaul Caper where she can give a big ‘Wrowwww’ in the right parts.

She is also lapping up Fancy Nancy at the moment which has her inquisitive little mind in overdrive. The author has a fantastic way of introducing big words to kids. Miss Three will ask me questions along the way if she doesn’t understand and is often running around the house now saying, ‘Oui’ or ‘Bonjour’ thanks to Nancy who likes all things fancy. (A nice change from her Dora-inspired ‘Vamonos amigo’.)

I can see so much of myself in Miss Three some days. I was, and still am, a complete and utter bookworm.

As a child I would voraciously devour my Enid Blytons, my Babysitters Clubs, my Roald Dahls, and Anne of Green Gables. As I got older these were replaced with John Marsden, RL Stine, and Nick Earls. I kept each and every one of my books from my childhood and added to this collection as I moved into adulthood.

Unfortunately, my impressive book collection went for a swim in Queensland’s floods in early 2011. I was lucky enough to salvage a few of my favourites though – My diary of Anne Frank from Amsterdam made it, as did the Twilight series (Thank Christ πŸ˜‰ ).

While I don’t get to read very much anymore, I am slowly building my new collection alongside Miss Three’s, while Dave dreams up funky looking tree-shaped bookcases that he will build us to display them in.

I’m not sure that Miss One shares our love of reading yet, or ever will, but time will tell.

What are you reading at the moment? Any recommendations for me or my three-year-old?

Linking up today with the inspirational Zanni from My little sunshine house and writing to her prompt – Reading.

29 comments on Mummy / daughter book club

  1. Lyd
    January 5, 2014 at 7:41 am (4 years ago)

    That is sad about your books going swimming! I feel I need to send you one. Will ponder…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 5, 2014 at 10:56 am (4 years ago)

      Lol! Thank you, Lydia! You’re so sweet πŸ™‚

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  2. Zanni Louise
    January 5, 2014 at 8:01 am (4 years ago)

    We love Hairy McClary too! So good. I don’t know Fancy Nancy…will have to look that up. Our favourites are books by Oliver Jeffers, Julia Donaldson and then old classics like Enid Blyton. I can’t believe you lost your books in the floods…so sad. I still have some of mine from childhood, which we read with my daughters. I am sure you will enjoy building your daughters’ book collection! Thanks so much for linking up! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 5, 2014 at 10:57 am (4 years ago)

      You’re welcome, Zanni! Fancy Nancy is very much a girly girl book, but I do love how it gets little Miss thinking and introducing her to big words like iridescent and extraordinary πŸ™‚ xx

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  3. Katie (@mumabytes)
    January 5, 2014 at 8:14 am (4 years ago)

    Aww so cute, your little girl choosing her books. My little girl does the same. In fact sometimes she chooses them soon after breakfast, and puts them on her pillow ready for night time – one in English from mummy and a Portuguese one from dad. OMG, I so relate to your loss of your beloved books – mine are all in a shed in Brazil! 20 years of collecting just sitting there, with no English speakers to enjoy! One day we’ll ship them back. I just finished “Marina” by Carlos Luiz Zafon, very gothic and intriguing…my daughter is loving Pinkabella books at the mo…and Room on the Broom is still a fave, too. Have a great weekend, luv xoxo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 5, 2014 at 10:59 am (4 years ago)

      That is so cute your daughter chooses her books early in the morning for that night! Just adorable. We don’t know Pinkabella. I will have to check that out. We love Room on the Broom too. I think that is so cool you read a book to her in English and then your husband reads one in Portugese. What a lucky little girl. How sad your books are on the other side of the world with no one to love them. I hope they find their way back to you soon xx

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  4. Pip
    January 5, 2014 at 8:20 am (4 years ago)

    Hairy McClary was the flavour of a few months but the Gruffalo’s Child has remained with us for the whole year. Maybe the loss of your books are an excuse to collect old editions of your favourites from markets and second hand shops for your little one. I am grateful for my love of books and will always see it as something my mum has passed down to me. I love the fact we’re able to do the same thing to our kids πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 5, 2014 at 11:00 am (4 years ago)

      That is lovely, Pip and such a special thing to pass down the generations. Believe it or not, we haven’t yet read the Gruffalo’s Child. We will definitely have to get it πŸ™‚ x

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  5. Susan
    January 5, 2014 at 8:25 am (4 years ago)

    Hairy Maclary was sent to Texas by Kay and Murray and was a huge fav with our grandkids- I too loved Hairy and the book about the mean ole cat- Scarface Claw- sorry your books are gone, I agree – a reason to scour resale bookstores for your favorite childhood literature.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 5, 2014 at 11:01 am (4 years ago)

      Ah yes, we love ol Scarface Claw – the toughest Tom in town πŸ™‚ Kay bought our Hairy books too πŸ™‚ I’m glad your grandkids had a chance to enjoy them too!

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  6. Clare
    January 5, 2014 at 8:28 am (4 years ago)

    We love Hairy Maclary books too.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 5, 2014 at 11:02 am (4 years ago)

      He gets around old Hairy πŸ™‚ xx

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  7. Emma Fahy Davis
    January 5, 2014 at 10:24 am (4 years ago)

    Your Miss 3 has excellent taste, my girls love Fancy Nancy too and my Miss 10 knew all the words to Hairy Maclary when she was younger, definitely a childhood classic. I’m sorry to hear your books were destroyed tho πŸ™

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 5, 2014 at 11:03 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Emma πŸ™‚ Just one of those things unfortunately. I’m so thrilled to have found the Fancy Nancy series. We’ll definitely be buying more!

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  8. Lauren
    January 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm (4 years ago)

    I am so sorry to hear about your beloved books, I still have mine stored away at my Mum’s place. It sounds like we had similar tastes – I was a diehard Babysitter’s Club and RL Stine fan and also LOVED Nancy Drew. Hairy McLairy is a firm favourite at our place, as is The Wonky Donkey. Thankfully there are a couple of favourites amongst the mountain of books the boys received for Christmas – Wombat Stew, Rudie Nudie and Mulga Bill’s Bicycle.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 5, 2014 at 2:16 pm (4 years ago)

      Ahh Mulga Bill. I completely forgot about him. I will definitely have to get that one. We borrowed Rudie Nudie from the library recently. We are really enjoying that too!

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  9. Stephanie
    January 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Hairy fans too! other favorites are the cranky bear, and I want my hat back by Jon Klassen.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 5, 2014 at 2:16 pm (4 years ago)

      Ahh yes, we love the Cranky Bear too. I haven’t read I want my hat back. Will have to look it up. Thanks!

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  10. Katyberry
    January 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Used to love all the Hairy Maclarys but in some sort of brain snap moment I sold them all. My 4yo just picks random books off the shelf, whinges for me to read them at bed time, and doesn’t sit still to listen. Wherever possible I shirk off the task to one of the older sisters. But I still Barbour some hope that they will all be book lovers like their parents

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 5, 2014 at 9:11 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes, maybe it’s just a phase. It will be interesting to see if my eldest maintains her interest or not.

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  11. Elisa {With Grace & Eve}
    January 5, 2014 at 5:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Hairy Mclary is a big hit here too! Miss four is loving a book called When the Dragons Came – the author’s name escapes me but lots of fun rhyming there too xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm (4 years ago)

      I’ve never heard of that one, Elisa. I will have to look it up. Thanks! x

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  12. Sam Stone (@A Life on Venus)
    January 5, 2014 at 6:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Hey Renee, we are Hairy Maclary fans too, we actually went to see the show recently. I also have a copy of Anne Frank’s Diary bought in Amsterdam at her house πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 5, 2014 at 9:13 pm (4 years ago)

      Yay! It’s one of my most treasured things. I loved going through her house. So interesting! Seeing Hairy Maclary live would have been awesome. I’m sorry I missed it!

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  13. SarahD @SnippetsandSpirits
    January 5, 2014 at 9:28 pm (4 years ago)

    How gorgeous Renee I could just picture your little girl choosing her book for the day. We are reading Robot Rumpus and we just read Thumbelina which Mr 3 really loves. So sad to read about your lovely book collection too. I hope it is not too long before you build it back up again.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 5, 2014 at 10:29 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Sarah! I totally forgot about Thumbelina. I think my little one will love it too. Thanks for the tip!

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  14. Andrea
    January 6, 2014 at 1:17 am (4 years ago)

    It is so lovely that the kids love books, L-Chops will bring me book after book until I say we have to do something else! His latest favourite is The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson – The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s Child have been favourites since forever as well, he knows most of them off by heart if you start him off! Also, Guy got him The Quangle Wangle’s Hat when he was just born, and he can recite that one too (good for distraction if unhappy on a car trip!). I don’t even mind the endless re-reading of the favourites as I know he’s enjoying it so much. Long live books!!
    PS I think we’ve probably read 99% of the same books growing up… (the best thing is they are all still out there and you can re-acquire them, hello trips to the markets and second hand book shops!!) xoxo

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  15. Carla Da Costa
    January 6, 2014 at 1:59 pm (4 years ago)

    How devestating to lose all of your books. I love my growing too large collection. We love the fancy nancy books too. Ruby red shoes goes to Paris is our current favourite x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Ooh that sounds like a good one. Thank you! Will have to keep an eye out for it x

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