Every now and then my daughter lifts the flap of a book one too many times or a bit too quickly and it rips off. There’s a quick fix for that: clear packing tape. However, one of her beloved board books, Bizzy Bear: Let’s Get to Work! by Benji Davies, has come apart. The page that invites her little hands to “push that sand” has fallen out of the book. I can only imagine it happened when she pushed it too hard. Or perhaps it was because she pushed it too often. Regardless, the cardboard has fallen out of the book.
This piece of cardboard was laying on our kitchen counter, staring up at me, for two weeks. I wasn’t sure how I’d manage to fix it. Last night, after watching my daughter’s sad face when she couldn’t interact with that page of the book, I decided to try to put the cardboard back into the book. I couldn’t manipulate it so that it would fit. My husband tried and tried and eventually got the cardboard back into its track in the book. Success!
But then today, she was sitting on the floor reading Bizzy Bear: Let’s Get to Work! when I heard a whimper. And then I was being handed something. It was that pesky piece of cardboard — again. It had fallen out — again. I have no idea how to fix it — again.
A book board mender, I am not. Is the solution going to be buying a new Bizzy Bear book?