One of the ways to get children to understand and remember stories, is by allowing children to act out and retell them.
Baobao is obviously still a little bit young for that. Instead, I wanted her to handle the real objects from the story while I narrate for her. Similar to a story sack, but for the early language acquisition stage.
Each time we would encounter a fruit in the book, I would help Baobao match the real fruit to the one in the picture. By the time we had finished the story, Baobao could pick up the fruit as I named them. She especially enjoyed handling all of the fruits and eating them.
What other stories could you retell using objects? What are your children's favourite stories?
Update: About 2 months later, Baobao is able to name apple, bear and pear.