Monday, July 21, 2008

Baby Beluga

Today we ventured off island (I'm already talking like my parents who live on Vashon full time) and went to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Monkey was very excited to see the beluga whales. I think we are the only family with a toddler who don't have the "Baby Beluga" book in our home library but we do have a seriously old book about whales (mid-century) which mentions Belugas being the "sirens of the sea". Well, Monkey got it into his head that the belugas were going to sing to him and talked about it nonstop on the ferry ride. He was a little disappointed but still enjoyed watching them swim by (they did a few clicks but no lyrical songs like he was expecting). He was tickled by the huge walruses as well. Each time they'd come at the window they'd wiggle their mustached mouths and he would laugh. Tonight I googled the "Baby Beluga" song (we had heard it a few times at preschool) and I realized he must have gotten the idea of the singing from the song. It's amazing what sticks in their heads! He remembers so many things . . . it reminds us we have to watch our mouths!

Baby Beluga
by Raffi and Debi Pike
Actions: Hands together, make the shape of a small whale jumping over the waves.

Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above, and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.

Baby beluga, baby Beluga, is the water warm?
Is your mama home with you, so happy.

Way down yonder where the dolphins play,
Where they dive and splash all day,

The waves roll in and the waves roll out,
See the water squirting out of your spout.

Baby beluga, baby Beluga, sing your little song,
Sing for all your friends, we like to hear you.

When it's dark, you're home and fed,
Curl up snug in your water bed.
Moon is shining and the stars are out,

Good night, little whale, goodnight.

Baby beluga, baby Beluga, with tomorrow's sun,
Another day's begun, you'll soon be waking.

Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.

You're just a little white whale on the go.

P.S. I looked for the book at the gift shop--they didn't have it. Hello . . . marketing anyone? Oh well, just have to go to the local bookshop when we get back.

If anybody out there is crafty you MUST get this pattern from PlanetJune on Etsy and make these amazingly cute crocheted whales. I love them! If you make them--please post so we can give you the props you deserve.

1 comment:

katy said...

on my list of trips to take this summer. Audrey is (was) way into baby beluga. guess I'll have to find the book before we venture down south.