Saturday, November 14, 2009

It was a busy reading week! At some point we had 24 books checked out from the library. I also reorganized Anna’s bookshelves, so suddenly she discovered all those “new” books that were out of rotation for a while. Here are our highlights of the week.

BB go to the doctor

We like to read character books here, and The Berenstain Bears is one of Anna’s favorite series at the moment. Anna’s strongest interest in the moment is still in doctors and human body, so we read several books on this topic. The language in this book is not over the top of my daughter’s head, illustrations appeal to my daughter, and the book is very positive. It does a good job explaining the need for vaccination on the level that a young child can understand.

No Good in Art

This library book is my absolute winner of the week, and Anna liked it a lot too. This book is sweet in so many ways. The main character thinks that he is not good in arts, because of the bad teacher in the kindergarten. His new teacher and his friends help him find his own style. I loved illustrations – they are really neat. And, in a way, it appeals to my own feelings of not being good at art, but finding a way to enjoy it anyway.

Piggy Monday

This was a random library pick. Anna loved this book – me… not so much. I don’t like it when the text pretends to be a verse, but doesn’t quite rhyme. Illustrations, however, are quite engaging and show how kids morph into piglets and back into kids. Anna was very fascinated with this transformation and was extra polite after reading this book. She informed it that she doesn’t want to turn into a pig. Hey, whatever works :)

Three Little Pigs

We like reading classic fairy tales here, and I realized recently that we somehow missed the Three Little Pigs. This version by James Marshall differs a bit from what I remember of this story and therefore longer. Once the wolf gets to the third pig’s house, they engage in the game of wits that lasts for days. Anna insisted that in the end big bad wolf became nice. Well, he still became a cooked wolf in this version. I enjoyed it when Anna reenacted the story with her smurfs as pigs and a giraffe finger puppet as a wolf – it was hilarious.

What are your children reading? Please link up and share. This linky is open all week, so you can link up on the day that is convenient for you. And… you will get three additional chances to win my Bob books giveaway.


MaryAnne said...

Thanks for the reminder of that doctor book. I read it with Emma a while ago, but I think it would be a good idea to borrow it again.

whisperingwhispers said...

I use to have all the Berenstain Books for my kids, we loved them.

They are on Selena's Christmas list.

Thanks for reminding me!

Ticia said...

Books that don't quite rhyme frustrate me too, it makes it not fun to read.
My kids go randomly through character phases too, for a while it was Clifford, and then the Berenstain Bears. The keep going back to their old favorites.
You might try "The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig," it's a fun take on the 3 Little Pigs.

Cindy said...

We love classic fairy tales too. I couldn't believe when I was teaching 8th grade how many kids didn't know classic fairy tales or nursery rhymes. I really made me think about how many people really don't spend time reading to their kids. It is so sad b/c you can never say that books cost too much b/c at the library they are free. And thrift stores have a ton too.

Happy reading

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I'm not usually a fan of character books, but I have to say we LOVE the Berenstain Bears - they usually have such good messages! We've read the doctor one and liked it too! I'm interested in the No Good in Art one... think I'll have to definitely take a look at that one! Thank you!!

Orange Juice said...

when u buy the scholastic books typically how many do u buy?
I love finding new...old books that got lost in the shuffle.

The girl who painted trees said...

I loved Berenstain Bear books as a kid. I haven't read any to Bear yet though. Thanks for reminding me about them.

Katy said...

Love the Berenstain Bears! :) The Three Little Pigs book sounds like fun too!

Infant Bibliophile said...

Me too, Mary Anne! I have to get better at linking up here. I admit I was completely confused by there being two "What My Child is Reading" memes for awhile but I think I understand now.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Only 24? :) Once the librarian told me I couldn't check out more books because I had too many. How many? 75. That was when I got my son his own library card. I am going to look up No Good In Art. It sounds good. A similar book is "The Dot," which we also love.