Whenever I got to the end of a really good picture book that my 3-year-old loved, my little girl would often demand, “Try again, Mom, try again!”
So we would have to go to the beginning and read it again.
Children’s books are full of repetition for good reason.
Children understand, long for and beg for repetition.
Young children especially want it so that they can learn and memorize concepts.
Older children enjoy it because it is predictable, and they feel smarter as they “guess” what comes next.
This is way it’s sooooo important not to repeat unintentionally.
Because the children will know.
And they probably won’t like it.
Tips for Good Refrains and Echoes
1. Repetitions should move the story forward. They should not only be there for setting the stage or reestablishing mood.
2. Repetitions should be found in the strongest parts of the story. They should coincide with the main characters instead of the setting or minor characters.
3. Repetitions should be consistent. If it's in the beginning and middle of the story, it needs to be referenced in the end.
4. Repetitions should have a reason for being. They should not simply repeat to fit the rhythm of the story.
OK, my current rant is done. Now back to the next installment of THE GREAT ALPHABET DISASTER.