This week I pulled out an old favorite, Poofy Loves Company, written and illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker. The boys cracked up at looking at the pictures of the adorable oversized dog inserting a little mayhem into a tea party. This book was an early favorite of G’s, but it has been awhile since we revisited it. He used to page through this book and look at the pictures on his own. Unfortunately, this book is out of print, but if you can find it at your library, or used, I’d snap it up.
Book Extension Activity
To extend the theme of this book, my grandmother and I took the boys out to tea. We went out to an actual teashop, full of china, and dainty tables with lace tablecloths, and knickknacks. With my two very active boys. (Before we went in, we talked about using inside voices, and being careful when we walked.)
It was a success! They served a delicious “summer fruits” tea, which my preschooler loved served with plenty of ice. While Gimmy and I opted for scones with clotted cream, my preschooler had a chocolate chip cookie, which is actually more appropriate to the story, because one of the ways Poofy wreaks havoc is by taking Sally’s cookie. My baby joined in with some of his food from home and some water.
We laughed talking about the mess Poofy could make in the teashop. Thankfully, our mess was not on a Poofy sized scale. After we finished, we did have to exit quickly. C in a Houdini like fashion climbed out of his high chair and onto the table. Maybe after reading the book, he thinks this is what you do at a tea party!
You could also try a tea party at home if you don’t have a local teashop!