Thursday, March 13, 2014

Reading with Laya: Who wants a cheap rhinoceres?



I was browsing the library looking for an interesting book to pick up for Laya when Shel Silverstein's "Who wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?" caught my eye. Since I did not grow up reading Shel Silverstein, all the titles are new to me. But I recently read "Where the sidewalk ends" and I have been a big fan ever since.

"Who wants a cheap rhinoceros?" is a funny whimsical book. It’s basically a sales pitch for a used Rhinoceros and throughout the book we find a myriad of uses for a Rhinoceros (and his super useful horn). Did you know he’s a great back scratcher? Or that he loves to play the jump rope? Or that he can be great as an intimidating accomplice to threaten your parents in to increasing your allowance?

We have a lot of fun with this book. We spend time identifying new tasks for a possible pet Rhinoceros. And reasons why he can’t do certain tasks around the house (I’m positive coloring a princess picture with a jumbo Crayola crayon is not his forte). 

And the simple illustrations are so charming. The wild children are such a joy and the large, rather clumsy Rhinoceros is definitely lovable.

So, if you haven’t read this with your little one as yet, you most definitely should. 

And sadly, I am going to have to go back and convince a very hopeful 4-year old that as much fun as it sounds, we are not going to be able to have a pet Rhinoceros at home. And may be draft an exciting list for the things a goldfish can do instead ;)

Buy this book from Amazon.

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

That sounds adorable!