Book: Meet The Wakersaur

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The boy will be going to primary school next year (*take tissue to wipe tears*). His bed time last year was about 10:30pm to 8am. Which is way over the time required for a Singapore primary school going kid. Hence we have been trying to make him go to bed early and wake up early on weekdays. 

The boy, the girl and our helper sleeps in the same room. The girl is a lighter sleeper. So these days when the helper wakes up at around 7am, she wakes up too. Not wanting them to compete, I suggested a collaboration method for them to wake each other up. The rule is this. If both of them can wake up early for continuous 2 weeks, they get to go to an indoor playground. And the one that wakes up earlier most of the time will get to choose which playground to go. So they have to collaborate to wake each other up.

So that day, the girl woke up early. And she tried ways and means to wake her brother up. I could hear her from my room. However, the brother (in her words) simply ignore her. She was quite sad. So that night, I sat both of them down and share this book with them.

“Meet The Wakersaur” is by a local writer Shervin Seah, who wrote this book base on his own experience with his kids.

When they hear the title, they asked me what is a Wakersaur. Base on the cover, the boy guess that it is an alarm clock. Quite a good guess I feel. It helps that we got the traditional alarm clock for him which help him identifies immediately with the Wakersaur.

We then proceed to read the book, which basically introduces the different methods to wake a kid up.

Feathers instead of claws? How interesting and creative.

Since this book is new to the kids, I did what we usually do with, guess what is coming up next. They find it funny that the Wakersaur has feather instead of claws. I let them guess what is the feather for. And they can relate it to tickling. We also had a fun time acting out the scenes in the book, tickling their soles, tummy, etc. The boy guess that the kid will wake up because of the alarm clock on the Wakersaur head. Well, he was surprise it didn’t (which is obvious cause he himself also can’t wake up when the alarm goes off).

We pretty much enjoy the book though we find its meant for younger kids. And the only thing we find lacking is the rhyming. Maybe because we are so use to Julia Donaldson books that we prefer rhyming sentence for short story like this. However, we will definitely want to read this with the littlest (he was sleeping when I read with the elder two), especially now that I’m trying to teach him the different body parts.

Disclaimer: We received this book from the author for review purposes. No monetary compensation was received. All views, opinions, learning and fun are our own.

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Books: Itsy-Bitsy Babies

This book caught Loi’s eyes first.

I think she saw the babies on the cover, and thinks that it is a baby book. She insist that I borrow it for TT. And I’m glad we did, cause we had some fun with this book.

This book consist of “actions” that babies or toddlers can do. So when I read aloud to TT, I will get the elder two to help act it out. And very often, it will send the littlest chuckling away. And this motivates the elder two to act even more. Especially this pose.

The elder two are very proud that they can do such a pose, and the littlest just find them so funny. Hence its a win-win-win situation for all three.

Although the book is meant for babies and toddlers, I use it to teach the elder two too. Cause the text rhymes.

For Zai (5 Y.O.), I get him to answer which is the part that rhymes and guess what alphabets make up of it. For Loi (4 Y.O.) it’s just exposure to learning about rhyme.

So a simple book, enjoyed by the littlest and learning opportunities for the elder two. Highly recommend it to those with little ones and elder siblings who likes to act.

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