Saturday, January 9, 2010

Big Book of Poetry

I thought picking up this book that it might be a little too early for Anna, but I was mistaken. She developed an interest lately in the books that don’t end in one reading, and enjoyed many poems in this book. We read it every day, and we are still not done. I really liked how the book is divided into thematic sections – you could pull the poems for various thematic units from there. The illustrations are gorgeous and done in various styles by very famous illustrators of children books. This book is definitely going on my list of books to buy, because it’s beautiful, and it will hopefully be read for years to come.

Froggy Best Christmas

Christmas is over, but our library always has one display shelf which profiles different authors every two weeks or so. It was time of Jonathan London and his Froggy series. We read some before, but Anna picked this one from the shelf and was happy to read it many times. It’s really a lovely story about friendship and special times together. It’s not exactly short, but still works well as a “unwind and think pleasant thoughts” book before bed.

Ted and Friends

We had some books from Usborne Phonics Readers series before, but this one has four stories inside. We read two before, and two were new for us. They are fun to read and beautifully illustrated. The stories are still a bit over my daughter’s independent reading abilities, but I read them to her first, then we read them together, and she read them to herself multiple times, since it was her “potty book” this week. She clearly enjoys now the sense of mastery that comes from being able to read a book on your own.

The Tiny Seed

I decided to include one book that Anna didn’t like in each weekly review. We both like Eric Carle very much, and Anna selected The Tiny Seed on her own, but neither of us liked the story. Anna didn’t like the fact that all the other seeds didn’t make it, and I didn’t like the fact that the tiny seed grew into unnaturally big flower. Usually Carle’s books stay somewhat true to the physical possibilities of the world around us, and I didn’t feel that this twist really contributed to the story.

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Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

The Big Book of Poetry looks great! I'll definitely be looking for that one! I think M would like Ted and Friends too. We LOVE Froggy! :) Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

Thanks for the recommendations! You have some good ones on the list this week!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I need to start reading more poetry to the kids. They love nursery rhymes so its time to branch out a little. I didn't realize Usborne has a phonics series.

Debbie said...

I will have to look for the book of poetry. Selena has always loved books with poetry or more then one story in them. She really dislikes things coming to an end!

Cara said...

The poetry book sounds amazing! I'm going to check to see if they have it at our local library!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Poetry is something we haven't done much of, we might have to check that one out too.

Cindy said...

We have never read Tiny Seed. I agree usually Carle's books are awesome. Too bad he missed it with this one!

Ticia said...

We read that Froggy book several times over Christmas, and it was lots of fun.
Sadly, I've never been super good at poetry. I'll have to see if I can find it.

Susana said...

I've never read any of the Froggy books, but we are actually doing a unit study on one the end of this month with IBB.

Sorry you didn't like The Tiny Seed, it's one of my faves:-).