One of the books Max will open for his third birthday tonight is That’s Good! That’s Bad! In Washington, DC by Margery Cuyler, illustrated by Michael Garland. I picked it up for both the fun illustrations and the look into our nation’s capitol.
The further along in the book I got as I flipped through it, the more I knew Max would enjoy it while learning a lot about this powerful city. The main reason? The Little Boy reminds me a lot of Curious George! He accidentally gets himself into scrapes, just like the little monkey we all know and love.
Besides a tour of the capitol, the book also gives children an example of perspective. One event will occur in the book, and at first the children might think it is good…then Garland illustrates another view of the same incident, and they realize it is also bad (or vice versa). I think this is an important lesson at Max’s age because he sees things as his way ALL the time. The concept of perspective will help him understand that there are more ways to look at things.
For the great illustrations, tour of Washington, DC, and more, That’s Good! That’s Bad! In Washington, DC deserves 4 snacks: