On Sunday afternoon Mabel brought out the huge purple crayon-shaped cylinder that contains her large collection of felt markers and let me know that she wanted to color.
She took Baby Goat and Baby Unicorn out of their traveling bag and settled them on the floor with a view of the coloring book open to a spread with two large monsters. Mabel likes precise coloring. She designated the hard parts for me to execute, but kept control of the color choices. She often picked up the pen herself and went back over my colors to deepen them. We stayed on these same two pages for an hour and a half. They were that absorbing.