Thursday, October 1, 2009

We enjoyed reading a mixed batch of books this week. Little Ballet Star led by far, and The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree was well received as well. Here are other books that we read and liked.The Great Paper Caper

Anna picked this book from the “new books” shelf. The story is about a bear who steals trees from the forest, because he needs paper for his paper airplanes. I thought that the story was way over Anna’s head – it included words like alibis, court, etc, but she enjoyed it and understood the main story line just fine. I still don’t know though why she liked it – I was not thrilled with this strange drawing style or with the flow. So this is one of those cases when our opinions differed greatly.

Elmo Storybook Treasury

This is one of the books that we have in our home collection. Anna has never watched Sesame Street, but we have a few of Elmo books. Suddenly she warmed up to this story collection and wanted to read it several times a day. Her favorite story in the book is the one about feelings – Happy, Sad, Grouchy and Glad. I like it too – Elmo and his friends sing the song about different feelings. She is still disappointed that Elmo and Big Bird are not girls, she tries to convince me that they must be girls :)

Corduroy Best Halloween

This was Anna’s favorite “potty book” this week. We still like two original Corduroy stories best, but this one is well done. It’s a story about Halloween preparation and celebration. I think it allowed Anna to digest the thought that the costume is something man- (or bear-) made, and it doesn’t have magical powers to really transform us into something else. So far she wasn’t quite keen on any dress up, but she is beginning to contemplate her Halloween options.Llama Llama Mad at Mama

Anna was steadfastly refusing to read this book for the good part of the week. We have Llama Llama Red Pajama, and she doesn’t seem to be a fan of the books that picture inappropriate behavior. Eventually we read it several times, but she never really warmed up to it. It’s another example of our difference in opinions – I happened to like the book a lot, even though I disagree with how Llama Mama handled the crisis. I made sure to explain to Anna that there would be no treat for her in the end after such a tantrum.

What are your children reading this week? Please link up and share. My linky is open until next Thursday, and I am also linking this post to Well Read Child round up that is hosted this week by In Need Of Chocolate.


whisperingwhispers said...

As always you have very interesting books. My list of books to look for keeps growing.

Susana said...

I didn't know there was a Mouse's First Halloween. We love Mouse's First Christmas. We also like the Llama books.

We are also reading the Coruroy book and Fall Leaves Fall:-).

Books are awesome, aren't they?!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

We love Corduroy! I didn't know about the Halloween story with him, so we will definitely be checking that one out. I love that Anna doesn't like the books with inappropriate behavior - she is just so funny. :) Matthew would love it and then go imitate it. I have to stay away from those books for that very reason. Great post!

Elise said...

It's always interesting and can be somewhat surprising to see which books your children choose when they are presented with a bunch of options.

We don't have any Halloween stories, so that is a book I am keen to investigate further.

Nadia@FunWithMama said...

I recently purchased Llama Llama mad at mama since our libraries here don't have it.. so i had to order it online. When it arrived i was honestly a bit disappointed... i didnt like the way little llama handled the situation and didnt think it carried a good message... but my son loved the book and surprisingly my husband did too! (he takes deen to the supermarket more than i do). He said he can totally relate to it and thinks its a great book... i guess with this particular book its a difference of opinion.

I must say though.. that llama llama misses mama is on a level of its own. It far surpasses both red pajama and mad at mama.. it is a really great book and i am so happy to have it as a part of our books at home.

lol@anna saying elmo and big bird are girls.. thast so cute!

Chels said...

Great book recommendations! I would love for you to link to my monthly post, Bookworm Beginnings, if you'd like! Sharing is fun and I'm always on the lookout for a good book!

Infant Bibliophile said...

That's so interesting about her reaction to the Mama Llama books. My son likes it fine, but he's young. Totally see your point about the treat. I know I read at least one mom say her child doesn't like the Red Pajama one because the mother doesn't come right away.

Christy said...

She is so funny! I agree with you about the treat. I still like the book though. I like all of the llama books. said...

We have a love-hate relationship with Llama Llama Red Pajama. My hubby really doesn't care for it. My son loved it. I like the illustrations, but the "beck and call" Mama concerned me a bit. I'd be curious about the "misses mama" title that a previous commenter mentioned.