Friday, July 12, 2013

A Book Project, Part I

For about a year, I have been telling what we call "Peter and Jon" stories to Raccoon. For months now, he has been making up the stories that he wants me to tell. Sometimes, he is doing most of the telling and I just interject occasional connecting sentences.

Tonight, I was looking back at the things I've jotted down for Raccoon's scrapbook (on notebook pages ripped out of my journals). I wish I had written down more things that he said. I cannot go back, but someday when he's 18, I know I'll treasure what he said at 3, so I can start now.

To bring these two things together, I want to help Raccoon make a book. He'll dictate the story to me and we'll figure out how to illustrate it together. I got the idea from Eva Ridenhour, but it seemed like he was too young. I thought that I would save the idea for later, but I decided to try it now. We are in-between Tot School and a private preschool in the fall, so I think some book projects might be a good idea. We'll see if Raccoon thinks so too.

(This post isn't very fluid, but it's late and I don't have time to edit so I'm going to publish it as is.)

ETA: Here is Part II.


  1. Yay for Raccoon and dictation! I'm glad Eva's process inspired you. Looking forward to hearing how it turns out!
    -Gwyn (Eva's mom)

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Eva's stories are very inspiring. I'll post some pics once we're finished.