Boo and Moo
Baby Lila was lying in her crib after her mid-afternoon nap. Her Mama had massaged her with soft hands, and then bathed her in warm water. Then she had crooned Lila's favourite song, sung to the rock-a-bye baby tune, as she rocked her to sleep – “Lila oh Lila, close your eyes; think no more of chores to do; think of food and places to go; close your eyes and let it all go.”
Baby Lila lay in the same position for a while longer and then let out a little wail to let her Mama know that she was awake. Most days her mama would come running to her at the sound. But today was not one of those days. She wailed a little louder. But, there was no sign of Mama. Now little Lila was scared. She looked around the room and saw that it was beginning to get dark outside. Normally Mama would never leave her alone in the dark. She knew little Lila was scared of the dark. In fact, she had read a book to Lila showing her of all the friends little children have in the dark. Lila tried to make friends with the shadows but the sounds in the dark still scared her. Lila started to cry loudly.
Two hands came close and picked little Lila up from her crib. She stopped crying, happy to have someone near her and looked at the face of the person who had picked her up. She had never seen this face before. She wasn’t happy at being picked up by a stranger and decided to protest with a loud cry. Just then, the stranger picked up Lila’s favourite book from the bed, Boo and Moo, and started to flip through the pages. Lila looked at the familiar pictures and felt safer in the stranger’s arms. She felt as she did when she was in her Mama’s lap, flipping and reading the book – safe and content. The stranger had a nice loud voice and he read the story aloud in his nice, loud voice.
Boo and Moo [Picture book format]
2 Boo…Boo….Boo… (Baby points to book)
4 Moo…Moo…Moo..(Baby points outside the window)
6 Oh baby, there’s no boo and Moo here (Mama says as she’s cleaning the kitchen)
8 Boo…Boo…Boo… (baby looks and points at the book again)
10 Do be do be do, what shall we do; Baby says boo and Baby says Moo (Mama sings as she cleans)
12 Baby thumps her hand on her baby seat, “do be do be do, boo and moo”, she repeats the beat
14 Granny walks in and sits on her favourite rocking chair
16 Baby gets off her seat and walks over to granny; “Boo”, she says, pointing to the book and “Moo”, she says pointing to the moon
18 “ Do be do be do, baby, Boo and Moo, every night we go Boo and Moo”, sang mama as Granny picked baby up and put her on her lap
20 She picked up the Book baby had pointed to and read aloud the story about the cow on the moon, “Moo, Moo”, said the cow on the moon,
“Moo, Moo”, said the calf on the moon,
The cool night made them sleepy
And soon they slept off, on the curve of the Moon”
22 Baby cuddled and looked at the moon through the window; she snuggled a little more and soon closed her eyes, still singing, “Do be do be do, Boo and moo”
Just as the story finished, Mama came running in to the room. Lila jumped into Mama's arms. "Thank you Mr.Johnson, I was worried Lila would wake up but I had to finish the laundry and then the cooking." Mr.Johnson hummed a tune as he walked out of the room," Do be do be do, Boo and Moo...". Mama smiled at Lila and carried her into the cool night air. Lila looked at teh Moon and said, "Moo". "Yes Lila", said Mama, " the moon looks the same from here as it does back at Granny's home. She must be looking out of her window and singing 'Do be do be do, Boo and Moo' too." Lila smiled thinking of Granny and then snuggled closer to Mama, just as Baby had done in the book. She loved looking at the cow and the calf on the moon from her Mama’s arms. "Do be do be do, Boo and Moo...."