Book: Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent

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(With thanks to The Unsinkable Molly Brown)

Read about a serpent by the name of Cyrus
Pointy green scales and a pitch black iris
Got a bad rep like a certain cold virus
They’ve got the story wrong

‘Cause he’s your friend and he’ll stay your friend
Doesn’t matter what the other people say
He’s your friend, to the bitter end
Even though the bitter end’s a million years away

Shark gave advice but he didn’t take the bait
Cyrus knew he was a White Hat, and that he’d have to wait
Found himself the Primrose, a ship with doomed fate
Until he came along

‘Cause he’s your friend and he’ll stay your friend
Doesn’t matter what the other people say
He’s your friend, to the bitter end
Even though the bitter end’s a million years away

Note: You might recognize Bill Peet‘s name from his work with Walt Disney. He’s written/illustrated over 30 books for kids – all of which have his trademark style – expressive, imaginative drawings that make you giggle.

Although the “recommended” age for this book is 9-12, I think it depends on each kiddo. There’s quite a furor going on in England right now about “age-branding” (placing suggested age labels on books). Many famous authors are not in favor of the move.

Nick loves this book. At 46 pages with a sizable paragraph on each page, it’s definitely at the outer limits of his 2 1/2-year-old attention span. Still, with a lot of explanation and interactive reading (“Can you show me the wave? Where is the anchor? What color is Cyrus?”), your kiddo will also be on the way to reading War and Peace before kindergarten.

Bonus: From August 23, 2008 – May 9, 2009, The Art Institute has an exhibit of Peet’s drawings.

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