It was a good reading week for us. I think we have about 20 books checked out from the library, and Anna likes a fair number of them. It was hard to select her favorites, and I shared a couple more books we’ve been reading in other posts.
I picked this book by Eve Bunting accidentally, and all three of us including my husband fell in love with it. The story is beautifully illustrated and is really appealing. The library is closing, and animal children of the town are doing everything in their power to keep it open. The message is loud and clear – you can learn to do anything as long as you have books and know how to read. And, if you have a library, it’s even better. We definitely agree – we love our library!
This was also an accidental find. Anna and my husband liked it more than me, so it was their favorite “potty book” this week. The story line is about a pig named Hamlet who doesn’t fit and not supported at home, because he wants to stay clean and write poetry. I thought that the poems in the book (non-rhymed) and even its story line are way over Anna’s head, but she enjoyed beautiful illustrations. It also fits nicely with our current theme of being in touch with nature.
Elmer books always end up on Anna’s short list of favorites. This one made her giggle – it’s not often that she really laughs at the events in the book. The content is clear from the cover art – Elmer flies during the windy day, but the story has some interesting twists including its own take on the “boy who cried wolf”. I highly recommend Elmer books to the crowd of 3 to 5 – they are so sweet and cheerful, and the humor is right on the mark for this age group.
I usually try to find a book or two to complement Anna’s preschool theme of the week. This week they are talking about friends and friendship, so I found this book for her in the non-fiction section. We never read through an entire book, since the amount of text on the page increases all the time, and the end of the book is a little too dry for my liking. But the setup is really interesting – an alien traveler talks to his friends about humans and their rituals. The exchange between aliens is quite funny at times. Anna liked the book, but it’s definitely more suited for an older audience – I’d say 5+.
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