The things you learn from your three-year-old’s books…

Who knew that an orangutan’s favorite food was onions? Now I can’t get the fact out of my head (having been exposed to it about 200 times in the past year).

Now I learn that dragonflies can fly at speeds up to 60mph (no one is quite sure how), and can fly backwards too (probably not at that speed). And that they’ve been around since early dinosaur times. Only there was a variety then called Meganeura that had a wingspan of 30 inches (imagine a swarm of yard-wide insects smacking you in the forehead while trying to picnic down by the tar pits).

I really enjoyed the Golden Books phase — they make me feel warm — but things are getting interesting now that toddler-hood is behind us. Damn that happened fast.

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