Wednesday, July 15, 2009

We had an unexpected winner this week. We had this book forever and ever, and Anna really liked it... about 6 months ago. Then it was standing on the shelf - readily accessible, but never pulled out. Suddenly this week Anna was all over this book again. She was fascinated with the fact that cars actually disappear from the next page and kept flipping the book back and forth trying to understand what is happening to them. It also dawned on her (and on me) that each subsequent page is actually connected to the page before in terms of landscape, and that the cars make a full circle and arrive to the same point. It seems that this time she read the book more like a puzzle to be cracked and not so much for its literary values. I think that's what distinguishes a good children book - they can enjoy it at different maturity levels finding something new in it every time.
This one is one of the cases when my daughter and I strongly disagree. We got this book as a present from my mom, and Anna wants to read it every time when she manages to convince either me or my husband to do so. I am not a big fan of Little People in general, and therefore I cannot warm up to this book. There are 5 themes in the book, if I remember right - pirates, circus, dinosaurs, castle and the Wild West. It irritates me to no end that these themes have nothing to do with each other, and Anna doesn't agree to put this book down until we discussed at length all the happenings on each busy page. Ugh - I don't see her obsession to subside any time soon.
After success of Moonbear's Shadow I picked another book from the same series in the library. Anna liked it OK, but I think that she missed the point of the book and its humor. From the questions she asked it was clear that she considers this birthday exchange a failure. After all, both Moonbear and Moon lost their presents, and it's hard to grasp the concept of an echo without ever experiencing this phenomenon. Maybe that's why she rather quickly switched back to Moonbear's Shadow, which she asked to keep for another week.
Finally we also picked up Mike Mulligan Steam Shovel book from the library. When we were visiting our friends a couple of weeks ago Anna appeared to be very interested in it. My only complaint about this story is its length. Anna listened to it quite attentively, but it takes about 20 minutes or longer to get through it. I think that she got the first part of the story better than the second part. She didn't understand what happened in the end and looked disturbed at the thought that Mary Anne stayed in the basement and that the town hall was built over her. But she liked the beginning. Interestingly, we were talking about possibility of layoffs at my place of work the other day. Anna didn't appear to be listening, but then she suddenly chimed in, Is it because new shovels come and take jobs from steam shovels? This is not good! She definitely got that part right :)

5 comments:

Ticia said...

Isn't it funny what kids latch onto as their favorites. For the longest time my kids wanted "The Grouchy Ladybug" everytime we read a story. I got to the point that I couldn't stand it, even though it is a good book.

Christy said...

Someone gave my son a horrible Power Rangers book and he wants to read it constantly. Ugh. The writing is terrible, the plot is terrible, and I cringe through the entire book.

Jenny said...

Seeing that Little People book reminded me about a Christmas one we have that is similar. My daughter had me get it out today and get out the Christmas Little People! It's too early for Christmas.

MaryAnne said...

I also remember finding it a little disturbing that Mary Anne stays in the basement and the town hall just gets built over her in that steam shovel book...

Annette said...

I actually do like Little People, but haven't seen any of their books...just toys and videos.

We have a couple of books that have several stories in them...unrelated. I find that if we can skip to the favorite of hers and not read them ALL, it makes life better.