My three-year-old nonchalantly said this while playing the other day. He then expectantly looked up, waiting for his cookie to magically appear. It did not.
Earlier that day we had read The Magic Word by Mac Barnett, where a young boy, tired of adults asking for "the magic word" (please), makes all his wildest wishes come true with a new magic word (Alakazoomba!). I loved to see my little one testing the limits of his reality. Could he, too, make cookies appear in midair?
This is the power of picture books: they push and stretch a child's imagination, breathing magic into the everyday. And Mac Barnett is a master of this magic.
In Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, two boys diligently dig their hole, hilariously missing huge gems and buried treasure.
In Guess Again, familiar shapes are revealed to be something entirely different instead.
In Extra Yarn, a girl knits color into her drab world with a never-ending box of yarn.
Childhood is such an amazing time. Children are rapidly learning about everything around them and testing limits and boundaries. Books are a great way for children to learn about our world. The best books help children develop empathy, humor and that all important sense of wonder.
If my son tries his "alakazoomba" trick again, I just might run to the pantry and make his wish come true. Why shouldn't cookies just appear in midair?
Ready to sprinkle some magic into your child's world?
📚 Try some of my favorite books by Mac Barnett, here.