My nephew, AKA the Nephew Monster, is becoming quite independent. He'll be four years old in a few weeks, and he is determined that he can--and should, no must--do everything himself.
That includes reading. Now, don't get me wrong. He's still not reading words, even though he knows the alphabet and will gladly recite it for anyone who asks. But the Monster has his "fravrite" books, the ones that he insists on reading every day, if not more often than that. And I can promise you, he knows these books.
He knows exactly what happens and to whom on each page. And since he knows, he likes to do the "reading."
He'll take one of his "fravrites" from me and say, "No, Aunt Cat. I'm gonna read to you, today." That leaves me with no option but to laugh with pride and listen as he reads me the story.
The Monster then turns to a page...not necessarily the first page, but whichever page his little toddler fingers manage to flip to...and starts his recitation. "And once upon a time, there was Sam."
Then it is time to turn the page again. He'll flip in one direction or another. "And once upon a time, there was green eggs and ham." Another page flip. "And once upon a time, there was a fox in a box." Flip. "And once upon a time, there was a choo-choo-train. And once upon a time, the choo-choo-train drove in the dark!" Flip. "Oops, not this page." Flip again. "This is better. And once upon a time, Sam ate green eggs and ham." He slams the book closed. "And once upon a time, the end!!! Want to read it again, Aunt Cat?"
I love reading with the Monster, precisely because of his "And once upon a time" story telling ability. He tends to get all the important details in (or at least the details which are important to his almost-four-year-old mind), without the fluff. More than anything, though, I love that he loves these stories enough to read them until they're engrained in his little mind, and yet still wants to read them again.
Are there any books that, even though you know them backwards and forwards and twice on Sundays, you still find yourself reading them again and again?