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 read 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 :)
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.
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