Dear Aunt Debbie,
That is quite a dilemma, and sounds like an excellent read, to boot. I love hearing about bookseller questions like yours, as our home library is arranged largely by what size book fits on what shelf, the vague memory of where we put a favorite book away last time, and the current pile sitting on the coffee table. Eleanor does do a certain amount of categorization in her head, however, as we recently discovered when we shared some big news with her: we're having a third child!
Baby #3 (who Isabel has named "Barleybee" in utero) is due in February. We told the girls a couple of months ago, and one of Eleanor's first reactions was to put it in literary terms:
"If it's a boy, we'll be just like Noisy Nora! I'll be Kate, and Isabel will be Nora, and Barleybee will be Jack!"
And if it's a girl?
"We'll be just like The Worry Week! I'll be Alice, and Isabel will be Allegra, and Barleybee will be Minnow! I'll change my name to Alice."
Well, we found out earlier this week that it'll be more Noisy Nora than Worry Week around here -- Barleybee is a boy! I'm looking forward to seeing what kinds of additions he brings to our reading habits as he grows.
For now, things are a little like Ollie, Olivier Dunrea's lovely board book about two goslings, Gertie and Gossie, waiting for a reluctant Ollie to hatch from his egg:
Ollie is waiting.
He won't come out.
Gossie and Gertie have been waiting for weeks for Ollie to come out.
"I won't come out," says Ollie.
Ollie (in his egg) rolls all over the farmyard, refusing to come out. Gossie and Gertie chase after him for the climactic board book ending:
Gossie and Gertie sit on top of Ollie.
"Don't come out," says Gossie.
"Don't come out," says Gertie.
Then he begins cracking!
"I'm out!" he says.
We figure that's pretty much how it'll go here, too.
So I'm on the lookout for more books about three-kid families, especially ones with our upcoming two girls, one boy structure. Any suggestions?