We are joined today by Bonnie of A Golden Afternoon who has a delightful contribution to our Books Alive Summer Reading series.
Do you remember scratch and sniff books? I don’t know how those ever went out of style. What’s better than opening a book and experiencing a deeper part of the story through scent. My very favorite book growing up was Little Bunny Follows His Nose. It’s about a bunny who leaves home to see what’s out in the world. Pine trees, peaches, strawberry jam, and dill pickle scents leap off the page as the bunny meets new friends and learns what delightful scents he finds when he “follows his nose.” Hearing the story and being able to experience what the little rabbit was seeing and smelling was the coolest gift to a little kid.
When I came home from the hospital after having my first baby, my Mom gave me a new copy of the book, and I’ve been reading it to all three of my kids since. Now, my oldest is reading it too! Books are such a gift, aren’t they? Your little ones will love burying their noses in the pages of Little Bunny Follows His Nose and sniffing their way through his adventures.
To bring the pages of this story even closer for my kids to experience, we brought one of the scratch and sniff scents to life. I loved the part of the story most where the bunny smells dill pickles being made in the kitchen of a new friend. Dill and garlic hitting a hot canning jar is still one of my very favorite smells.