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He can only say baby words like "baba" when he wants his bottle and "dada" when he wants Daddy.
I can say grown-up words like "manicure" when I want Mama to put pink polish on my nails,
and "skyscraper" when I build a tall tower out of blocks.
I can even count to three in French — un, deux, trois — and ask for apple pie à la mode.
That's because my grandma has been teaching me French. She tries to teach Peter too, but he just says "baba" again. Then Grandma laughs and calls him her petit chou. Petit chou means "little cabbage" in French.
Peter is just a baby, and he's a very sloppy eater.
He mashes peas with his spoon.
He gets tomato sauce on his nose.
Sometimes he even gets tomato sauce on his toes.
I can balance peas on my tongue.
I can twirl spaghetti around and around my fork without getting a drop of sauce on my nose.
And right before I start to eat, I always say "Bon appétit!"
Peter is just a baby, and he can't even walk yet. He crawls like a little turtle.
I can run.
I can leap.
I can skip.
Sometimes I even do pirouettes around the living room like a real ballerina.
Ballerinas use lots of French words.
That's one of the reasons I'm going to be a ballerina when I grow up.
Peter is just a baby, and he puts everything in his mouth.
His rubber duck.
And even his foot.
The only thing I put in my mouth is food.
And my toothbrush.
Actually, sometimes I put the end of a pencil in my mouth, if I'm thinking really hard. And then when I get a good idea, I say "Aha!"
"Aha" isn't a French word, but I think French people probably say it too when they get good ideas. Grandma does.
Peter is just a baby, and he cries all the time.
When he wants to get out of his car seat.
Or his snowsuit.
Or his dirty diaper.
Not me. I only cry about really important things.
Like scraping my knee.
Or saying good-bye to my cousin at the airport.
Or missing my best friend's birthday party because I've got the chicken pox.
Then I cry and cry and say "Quel dommage!" which means "too bad" in French. It's much more dramatic than "too bad" and always gets attention.
Excerpted from Peter Is Just a Baby by Marisabina Russo Copyright © 2012 by Marisabina Russo. Excerpted by permission of Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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