We started a wonderful new readaloud book tonight—Watchers on the Pond. Wow! The language is incredibly rich. Even if you don't know what they mean, it's a lot of fun to read words like "phantasmagorical" and "hibernaculum." I'll explain any words that Amirah asks about, but otherwise we just soak up the sounds. The second chapter is called "The Sleeping Billions" and it details all the many lifeforms, from the most microscopic to the larger animals. One is left in awe that so many, many lifeforms live around this one little pond. And 500,000,000 of them there are earthworms! Incredible.