'The Lorax' is one of Zach's favorite Dr. Seuss books. Before Staley was even born, we bought that book for her collection. Over her first 2 years, we've read it several times but it's always been a little too long and little too wordy for Staley to make it all the way through. It's never been a consistent request and it's never been one of her favorites...until now.
So why does Staley now love 'The Lorax'? Well, I've determined that it's not the moral of the story that she relates to. It's not the great illustrations, the flow of the words, or even the silly Dr. Seuss-y rhymes. Nope. It's the length. Staley consistently asks to read the Lorax (one of her longest books)...before nap or bedtime.
Lately Staley has been working pretty hard to put off bedtime and naptime. Asking for one more dance, one more story, or one more song has become a regular part of her bedtime routine. We've caught on, so we give her the plan up front--3 dances, 2 books, 1 song. So now, when it comes time for her final book, she always asks for 'The Lorax.' In the same way that when we tell her she can choose one last Zoodle game, she usually chooses the never-ending game 'Higgledy House', Staley has figured out how to put off naptime and bedtime a few minutes longer. It's a smart plan, and I can't argue or complain. I enjoy the truffala trees, brown barbaloots, and a useful thneed as much as the next person.