Sophie Reads Green Eggs and Ham

It’s really long, but I couldn’t bring myself to stop. She was on such a roll.

She read the whole thing on her first try. I’m fascinated to see how she catches herself when she starts to just recite from memory and makes herself go back to look at each word on the page. She’s very dedicated to getting it right.

You can see how crazy our household is during reading time, full of interruptions, demands for band aids, and lots of background noise. She plows on, mostly undisturbed. Ben and Anthony kept trying to crowd around to look at the book and I had to shoo them away. (Speaking of shooing, I love it when Ben climbs up on the couch trying to swat a fly.)

I love Sophie’s commentary about the picture when everyone falls into the water– how funny it is that everyone is still smiling except the narrator who never smiles.

Her triumphant glow at the end is priceless.

9 Responses to Sophie Reads Green Eggs and Ham

  1. Jenny June 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    Nice! I can totally feel her on the “I can’t read with all this noise!” πŸ™‚

  2. Ellie June 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    Ok, i watched the whole thing. I am so impressed!! Yay Sophie! I vividly remember my kids reading that one and the Dr Seuss ABC book. It’s exciting! πŸ™‚

    (I didn’t capture any of mine reading on video however. Good for you!).

    • Melanie Bettinelli June 11, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

      Yeah. The noise can certainly get overwhelming.

    • Melanie Bettinelli June 11, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

      She did get mad at me for getting up to get the camera. And then I had to get up again because it had the wrong lens on it. That’s why the video starts in the middle of the book.

  3. Jenny June 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    I forgot to say that my favorite thing about people posting videos of themselves and their families is that I can hear what people actually sound like. It’s fun putting a voice to the words. Also when reading I tend to hear everyone in a Southern accent so real voices are sometimes surprising to me.

  4. Melanie Bettinelli June 11, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

    Well I can certainly do a Southern accent. When I was in grad school my roommates could tell when I was talking to the folks in Texas because my drawl would kick in. And when I go south, I totally do slip into it. And if I ever get to meet you in person, I’ll probably sound much more Southern, picking up on the way you talk. But my kids talk like they’re from Massachusetts. Especially Sophie.

  5. Mark June 12, 2014 at 2:11 pm #


  6. Mary June 13, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    Love it! And this child was made for the spotlight — she beams right into that camera. I wouldn’t be surprised if she ended up on stage someday!

    • Melanie Bettinelli June 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      Mary, no kidding. She’s been camera-aware since before her first birthday. She loves being the center of attention. Such the opposite of Bella, who can’t stand it when people are staring at her.

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