Anna is 2 years 7 months old now. Since materials of the last week proved to be too difficult, I used an advice from other contributors of Well Read Child to look for more age-appropriate books. Unfortunately, this week many books proved to be "too simple" for Anna. For example, she was interested in Mama Cat for the first days, asked to read it 4 or 5 times and then was done with it. I think that she didn't find the story particularly engaging - she doesn't seem to be a big fan of animal stories unless they are used as substitutions for people (for example, in Richard Scarry's books).
The next book was a classic sequel by Eric Carle - Polar Bear Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Anna liked Brown Bear OK when she was younger. Not her absolute favorite, but she always liked the pages with teacher and children. It was the same with this book - she liked to try to imitate animal sounds, it expanded her vocabulary (and even mine) with new words for animal sounds, but she wasn't particularly interested after the first two days.
I personally really liked Greg Foley's book (and checked out another one from the same series yesterday). Anna, however, didn't get the ending. We read A Very Hungry Caterpillar a zillion times, but she has never seen a real transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. So for her the caterpillar was gone, and a butterfly in the end was a new friend for Bear. I wish we could find some real cocoons, so she could see the cycle of butterfly and not just read about it.
We read other stories by Audrey Wood before, so I picked this one more or less randomly. It was "a miss" in our house. First of all, the whole subject of napping is not exactly a welcome topic in our house. Second, the grandma is ugly - eewww. Finally, Anna didn't find the story of people and animals piling on top of each other to sleep particularly engaging. I think we read it two times total - a sure sign of rejection here.
Anna and I disagreed on this one. I picked it randomly from the shelf, because I know that she is interested in emergency vehicles. Well, she was. She wanted to read this book every day for many times. But in my mind it's poorly written, at least for a set under three. On each page Anna wanted to know what happened, and I wasn't prepared to go into discussions on crime and illegal border crossings. So every time there was a tug of war about this particular book - usually Anna would win and we would read it yet again with me trying to dance around certain topics.
Tada! I am pleased to annouce the winning book of the week! And, again, it comes from our own collection. We got this book as a present from our friend, and she got it at the library sale. The book was hiding behind other books on the top shelf, and my husband unearthed it by accident. Anna took to it right away. I think she finds it especially engaging, because her nickname in our house is Mouse, and she hears, Whose Mouse are you? practically every day. This book also has very simple and sparse text, but unlike Mama Cat, it's not as repetitive. It was the first book that Anna wanted to "read" by herself and repeated word-for-word in its entirety. I'll see if I can capture it on the video, it's pretty fascinating to watch a two year old that appears to read - with proper intonation and turning pages at the right moments. An all-around winner here :)