Impatiently wanting me to read to her while I fussed with the baby, Bella opened one of her “Trix Potter books today and began to “read” to herself: “Once upon a time,” she said.
I don’t recall which book it was she was reading, I think it was either The Tale of Johnny Town Mouse or The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck; but I am positive it didn’t begin with those words. In fact, I’m not sure which of the Beatrix Potter books does. Still, somehow Bella knows that’s how a proper story should start.
She also knows to say “The End” on the final page. Whether it’s written there or not.