Finally a few days ago we got him to behave well enough through an entire reading of the book:
The book has lots of interactive pages with snaps, buttons, zippers, hidden pockets, counting, and colors. Once he gets to the stage where he realizes that he can interact with things beyond his own hands, I think he'll appreciate the book more. We definitely appreciated the work that went into such a thoughtful gift.
Thank you to everyone who continues to show us kindness and pray for our little boy. He's getting bigger (8lb 3.9oz yesterday) and we are looking forward to the day he comes home.