Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Puff the &*^%$*$ Dragon

Are all preschoolers this obsessive? Someone gave us a book of Puff the Magic Dragon that came with a CD of Peter (of P, P & M) singing the old stoner tune with his daughter. Sidamo wants to read the book and listen to the CD all. the. time. Very often I'm reading him the book as the CD is playing (on repeat) in the background. At first I actually got choked up when I got to the part where Jackie Paper came no more, but now I can see how the poor kid got fed up with that rascal Puff and headed for the hills. He's a nice dragon and all, but at some point, enough is enough.

The CD actually has four songs on it, but one of them is an instrumental version of the song and another is Jimmy Crack Corn. Really? Are people still recording that one? It didn't really register with me that it's not something I want my 2-year-old listening to until I heard his sweet little voice singing about the master going away. Nix that. Since then we've only been listening to the vocal version of Puff. On repeat. Ad nauseum.

Can someone tell me precisely where Jackie Paper went? I think I'd like to follow him.


Jonathan said...

We were given that same book last winter, and it was the only book Eliav would have read to him for weeks, and it had to be sung- he would correct you if you -read- it to him.

I got so tired of it

All (most?) obsessions end eventually.

rebekah said...

It could be worse. It could be some new Disney song, not like the old ones when we were kids (Bare Necessities anyone?) Or this awful new song about Pooh and Tigger that doesn't hold a candle to the old stuff.

Hate to tell you, Quinn has had a Puff obsession on and off for about 2 years now.

Stormy said...

I'll be sure not to buy that book. :)

My two year old is obsessed with fish and sharks.

Heather & Adam said...

I think he's in rehab. Just say no!

cathy said...

"See big bus, out on the street.
See him smile at those he meets.
Stopping here and stopping there,
Hop on for a ride.
Just pay your fare.
He won't get lost wherever he goes.
Time to rest. Time to doze."

Deirdre, the above cadance is from a book that Carver loved when he was 2. I read it to him every freakin' day, 2 or 3 times a day, for 365 days straight. I still have it memorized (obviously) and it is imprinted on my brain. One more thing no one tells you before you become a mom!

Qiuqiu's parents said...

I have to admit (born in Woodstock, you know...) I still get choked up at the end of that song. But it's nostalgia. In fact, I never knew (and it's possible my parents didn't know) the stoner connection until very late in my life. My parents did none of that during the '60s. How they managed to stay so naive in the midst of 1960s Woodstock, I'll never know!

You know what else gets me choked up? The folk songs from that era like Wabash Cannonball and This Land is Your Land. I have a kids CD that has remakes of some of those, and I love to play them for QQ, but my eyes get red and puffy every time. Reminds me of my dad. Sniff.