I'm Elaine's Reading Mentor. Her mom asked me to take on this task about three years ago as a way to introduce Elaine to books and for her to have someone to talk to about what she reads.
That sounds like a great idea, and of course, it is, but what we plan and what actually happens are seldom the same thing. And so Elaine has taken on the role of my Reading Mentor. She goes to the library every week and she picks out picture books for us to read together. She has really good taste in picture books and she knows me well enough by now to pick books that I will enjoy.
Someday I'm sure I'll get around to introducing Elaine to my favorite books, but meanwhile she is quite astute at choosing books that have those qualities that I particularly favor.
1. Excellent illustrations (Elaine had chosen this year's Caldecott winner months before the winner was announced.
2. Colors, lots of primary colors, colorful end papers
3. Repetition (for example, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, Horton Hatches an Egg)
4. Books about friends who help one another out
5. Books about trains (this is fortunate as Elaine herself loves books about trains)
Today's favorite book falls into none of these categories. And I'm not sure why Elaine picked it because she had no idea until I explained it to her the significance of the title and the story. It is Who's on First? by Abbot and Costello.
I've sent her a clip from You Tube with the original comedy skit, but it didn't take her very long as we read to figure out what was coming next and so we both knew when, as I turned the page, to shout: Third Base!