Sannel Larson

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sharing a Book with Your Child or Grandchild is One of Life's Greatest Pleasures

As many of you probably already know, my children's book, "Melvin. . . Bad, bad kitten!" is now published, and available for purchase on Amazon.

"Melvin. . . Bad, bad kitten!" is a richly illustrated book and the story is told in a fun and silly rhyming verse. Melvin is a very mischievous kitten who only want's to play and have fun, and his antics will make the children laugh in delight. Great book for reading to your babies, preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade class.

Melvin Ready to Attack!

Lurking behind an open door 

Melvin hides with sparkling eyes, 

patiently he sits and he waits 

to take everyone by surprise. 

Pitter-patter of approaching feet, 

Melvin curls up with twitching tail. 

Thinks he is a lion in disguise 

as he goes on a hunting trail. 

An excerpt from the book "Melvin. . . Bad, bad kitten!"

Sharing a Book with Your Child or Grandchild is One of Life's Greatest Pleasures

Reading poetry aloud to a child is such an enriching experience, and also a very important way of connecting with them. Dr Seuss and Mother Goose are perhaps the most well-known imaginative verses for children, but any nursery poetry and rhymes will do. The importance to read loud to a child at an early age cannot be underestimated. By simply reading poetry to children we help them to understand phonemic awareness that is crucial for the child to avoid later learning problems, and make reading and writing easier for them.

Poetry written for children is all about sound and rhythm, so when reading books with rhymes, it makes it easy for the child to recognize patterns in sound and syntax .When they hear the word "clown" in a poem after the word "down" they understand better what the word is supposed to sound like. Children really like the silliness, the soothing sound and the repetition of words in nursery rhymes and poems. The repetition of words in rhymes will make it easier for a child to memorize and since rhyming children's books are fairly short, they can be read even in the busiest of schedules. Reading poetry with your child at an early age will help draw the child's interest, make it a time of bonding, and to serve as an educational tool as well.

~Sannel ~


  1. You've made a number of really good points for reading poetry to young children! I've not thought of it from an educational point of view but it only makes good sense. Additionally, reading poetry to children could also help build them a life-long love of poetry. Who knows where that may lead!

    I'm sure that your wonderful book will bring hours of fun and delight to many, many young minds. Great job, Sannel and many wishes for success!

  2. Rick, as always, it's great to see you here on my blog. Thank you for your wonderful comment and your most generous and appreciated wishes.

  3. My great nieces all enjoyed their copies of Melvin...bad, bad kitten. Thanks Sannel for adding to the richness of their lives.

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  5. Hi Sannel,

    I hope you are doing well. I will be ordering Melvin bad bad kitten in the near future. I am looking very forward to reading it. :)


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