Anna warmed up to our airplane theme in the second week and was interested in rereading many books that I got for her last week. But Seaweed Soup stayed solidly in the lead. Today I brought another book from the same series – Just Enough Carrots, and Anna was all over it asking to read it three times in a row. I wonder if she is getting any math knowledge out of those books – she can select more, less or same and count sets under 10 for a while bow. I think she is more interested in the story and in the illustrations.
Anna generally likes Curious George books, and this one was well received, but she really didn’t like the part where George gets carried away by the kite. She looked really worried and wanted me to turn that page without reading it every time we read the book. I had to push on some requests for this book a few times, because it’s really lengthy – 70 pages. It takes good 30 minutes to get through it, especially when Anna asks her many questions and offers her insights into George’s behavior.
Considering how much Anna likes Richard Scarry’s books, this one was a no-brainer for our Things That Fly week. I have to admit that it wasn’t my favorite work of Scarry, but the book was still fun to read and, mercifully, it wasn’t long. Anna found the Bratwurst Balloon funny. What she couldn’t comprehend is how Father Cat just left his children with Von Flugel and didn’t come with them to the airport. It’s understandable – outside of her preschool she hardly ever stayed with anyone who is not a parent or a grandparent.
My mom gave this book to Anna exactly a year ago, and it stayed on her short list of favorites all the time. She chose to read it several times this week, and it made me realize that I really went overboard in my focus on theme-based books, especially in a theme that is so far removed from Anna’s daily life. I think “Potty book” was her reaction to too many books that were pushing her limits of comprehension too far. Unfortunately, I am already loaded with several books about New York that are beautiful, but way too complex for a toddler. Still, I am pretty sure my mom already has some new books for her beloved granddaughter that will prove to be more age-appropriate than the ones I will be lugging with us. Anyway, happy reading, friends, and see us again next week for review of books about New York.