For Father's Day, Ivo and I made Josh a book about our recent fishing trip up north. Ivo dictated all of the text to me, and then I picked out the pictures and put the pages together. When I asked him what he wanted the title to be, he said "Moby Dick" because that's a grown-up book about fishing. So here are some excerpts from Moby Dick:
To create the text, I put a slide show of our fishing trip pictures on the computer and as we watched it together I asked Ivo to tell the story of our trip. Then I wrote down his words. This was a really fun project and very easy to make. Ivo loves hearing his story, and Josh said it was his favorite present ever. Here's the whole story of Moby Dick:
We are going fishing.
We bring my life jacket, the rowers, and a tackle box.
We bounce the oars.
In the canoe the fish swim under my seat.
We are rowing.
Papa casts his line.
We see a turtle, a line, and a loon.
All the fishes that we caught is model.
Then we row back to the dock.
We feel happy.
We tried to make the cover look like an old-timey leather bound edition (it looks better in person than in this picture). The binding is a pamphlet stitch, which is very easy and only requires a nail and some string. Here are some good directions for making a book with a pamphlet stitch in case you want to make your own story.