The closest thing to book Khalish is willing to browse: Barney DVD cover.
Yesterday, the boy who rarely showed interest in books, and is always obsessed with reason, logic, and numbers, surprised Kamal and I with his ABC rendition.
No, he is no Toby Rosenberg, who read aloud the posters his stroller passed by at 14-month-old. Kamal and I are simply easy to please, and Khalish is simply pleasing. Thus innumerable documentation on him and him alone. Oh, please excuse the seemingly incurable proud parents syndrome. We might sigh at his tantrum, which he particularly threw when we failed to understand his message, conveyed in Khalish-speak, but later, we would laugh at his ability to choreograph such circus.
Done with his version of the ABC, I requested for an encore, and sang along with him. Whenever I paused, he would continue, with the right alphabet. Hurrah! For his lack of interest in the conventional books, he compensated with an ardent love for the audio toys. Specifically, the LeapFrog Alphabet Pal.
Khalish is indeed inclined to auditory stimulation. With a time limit for television, as Kamal and I prefer to expose him to more outdoor activities, he managed to memorise nursery rhymes and other songs on either Ceria or Playhouse Disney, and further increase his vocabulary. Realising this, Kamal and I shall invest more in printed materials with audio system in order to encourage reading and writing, and more importantly, Khalish's interest in them. At the moment, I am visualising an iPad; how I could read more on early childhood education with the convenience of eBooks.
Play is important, too. Playing, in fact, is an impeccable learning tool.