just now was the first time violet has brought me a book to read to her. she chose "are you my mother?" she pointed out the baby bird, the mommy bird, the (kitty)cat, the dog, and the cow. and now she's reading it again to herself. new montessori works still being created around here. wooden dowels, curtain rings, and over-sized washers are involved. too bad i didn't figure out all this before purchasing her xmas presents.