Thursday, September 10, 2009

It was a strange reading week in our house. We had way too many library books in the house on too many subjects. Here is a sample of what we’ve been reading:

Our Big Home
I was looking for another book by Linda Glaser, when I stumbled on this one. It’s a beautifully illustrated fiction book about Earth. It talks about all the things that we share – water, air, soil, wind, etc. The language is a little strange – sometimes the text rhymes, and sometimes it doesn’t. Smarty was infinitely fascinated and invariably picked this book at bedtime. Then it would take us at least 30 minutes to get through the book, because she had so many questions on each page.
Here are my hands
I think that everyone who liked Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom will also like this book from Bill Martin Jr. I picked it up while looking for a book to complement Smarty ’s preschool theme - “All About Me”. The book talks about various body parts and what they are for and pictures children of different races and genders. What Smarty liked best is matching the child from the “body part” page to the first page in the book, when there is a picture of all of them standing and holding hands. They are in different positions, but she picked up rather quickly that they are the same children.
Mouse In Love
This is the third book that we read from Robert Kraus series about Little Mouse. We were both shocked to discover that Mouse is a boy. From the past two books we came to think of it as a girl. Smarty was a little disappointed about the gender switch – after all, her nickname is Mouse. She also had a bit of a problem understanding the subject matter – the concept of being in love and looking for “the mouse of one’s dreams” will appeal more to adults. Like other Mouse books, she memorized this one quickly and was “reading” it to herself every night on the toilet.
My Preschool
We kept reading about preschool to lift Smarty's spirits and convince her that preschool is fun. This is a very colorful book that is narrated by a little boy who loves his preschool. The good news is that Smarty liked it, usually she is very much “blah” about all the books that deal with going to preschool. I think she could connect to the girl in the story who always cries in the mornings but then has a good time and doesn’t want to leave. At least we don’t have crying any longer since we moved to this new school, just reluctance to go. Hopefully this too shall pass.
What are you children reading this week? Link up and share!


Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I'm interested in the mouse books... too bad he's a he and not a she! Poor Anna!

Susana said...

Our Big Home looks interesting and Mouse in love looks cute. I would like to read both of these.

I am so glad Anna is doing better at her new school. One step forward, right?! Happy for you!

MaryAnne said...

Thanks for these reviews! We'll definitely be borrowing some of these from our library.

Christy said...

Great book recommendations.

Our Little Family said...

Here Are My Hands sounds like something Maddie would love. What a great idea for a link up! I need to get my act together and contribute because I love to see what others are reading!

Infant Bibliophile said...

Thank you for visiting and telling us about the weekly linky. I'm going to subscribe to your blog now.

whisperingwhispers said...

I bet Selena would love Our Big World, she is so into everything around her. Thank you for doing this weekly share. I am enjoying seeing what everyone else is reading.