Saturday, January 16, 2010


The book Gifts was recommended to us by The Adventures of Bear. Our library happened to have it, and it was a huge hit, especially with our attempts to learn more about geography. It’s been more than 7 days since we brought this book home, and Anna still wants to read it several times a day. The story flows well, and the illustrations are amazing. Anna asked so many good questions about the events and places in this book. My favorite one was: Why does the girl ask for nature and not for presents? Beautiful read, and I join Julie in recommending it to all my readers.

One can talk about diversity non-stop or one can simply It's OK to be differentread It’s OK to Be Different by Todd Parr. Anna took to the book right away and, of course, could read it herself by memorization fairly quickly. The illustration style is very distinct, and each page has just one short sentence that starts with It’s OK to… Anna had strong objections to the one that said It’s OK to eat macaroni and cheese in the bathtub and provided her own version, It’s OK for others to eat macaroni and cheese in the bathtub. Well, at least I am raising a tolerant child :)

There's a map on my lap

I ordered There's a Map on My Lap from the library for our geography track, but it didn’t arrive last week. It was quite popular this week, and everyone in the house enjoyed it a lot. I am impressed that a pretty complex topic of different types of maps could be tackled with an upbeat rhyme typical for Dr Seuss’s stories and with whimsical illustrations. I am not sure how much daughter learned from the book, since it got pretty advanced, but she started to notice things on the maps that she didn’t notice before – so she was clearly paying close attention to the text.

Milk and Cookies

I liked the idea from Silly Eagle Books to pick a boom at the library starting with a certain letter of an alphabet. So during our last library visit I set Anna free in front of A section. She quickly located her favorite Bear series of Frank Asch and wanted to take Just Like Daddy that she read before. I picked up one a new to us book from the series – Milk and Cookies, but it flopped. Anna deemed dragon “scary” and banished the book from her room. But most of children will love this simple story and connect to the message on how simple things look sinister to us when we don’t know what they are.

What are your children reading? Please link up and share your books of the week. The linky is open all week


Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

These all sound good to me! I think we'll definitely be looking for There's a Map on my Lap! We just love Dr. Seuss here. :) Thanks!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I like the sound of It's Okay To Be Different. We don't see a lot of diversity Montana, so this would probably be a good pick for the kids.

Also, it's 2010 :)

Ticia said...

I think Todd Parr also has one about underwear that I still remember lines from two years later.
Map on my Lap sounds like fun and we'd probably love the dragon one in our house.

Cindy said...

So are you saying you don't let your child eat in the bathtub? :) So funny. We haven't read any of these but I am writing down these titles ASAP.

Debbie said...

I will definately be looking for A Map on My Lap!

All the books sound great!

Julie said...

My kids love Dr. Seuss so we'll definitely be looking for that one!

Eva said...

I love the book "It's okay to be different" too :). I bought it when I was in college even before I had my daughter :D

MaryAnne said...

I love that "It's OK to Be Different" book also - and Anna's revision of the macaroni and cheese in the bathtub bit is very funny!

Susana said...

The Dr. Suess Map book is one I would love to read.

I always get great book ideas from you!