Saturday, January 2, 2010

It was a pretty eclectic reading week. We didn’t get quite as many books as presents as I expected – a lot of people opted for toys instead. I have to admit that I am not complaining – with all my love of books, as a child I always enjoyed a new toy somewhat more than a new book, at least at the moment of actually receiving a gift. One of our own presents to Anna was How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You which she snubbed after the first reading. Oh well, hopefully she will still return to this book one day.

Long Ago Yesterday

This library find is definitely a winner of the week. We love non-fiction by Anne Rockwell, and this book is an interesting collection of short stories that are technically also non-fictional. They are just snapshots of everyday life of the children that are about Anna’s age and each story has a subtle message in it – honesty, bravery, persistence, creativity. Anna loved listening to the stories, and the size of each story is perfect for a quick read.

Good Job Little Bear

I think I heard about Bear books by Martin Waddell from Nicole at Tired, Need Sleep. They are beautifully written and illustrated. We read both Good Job, Little Bear and Let’s Go Home, Little Bear this week, both came from the library.  I could absolutely see my daughter and her papa in these stories – a protective Big Bear is always there for his little cub. Anna didn’t like the part in the book when Little Bear falls in – she deemed it scary, but she still requested the book quite often.

Mrs Toggle and the Dinosaur

I got this book at the library book sale, and Anna pulled it off the shelf this week. It’s a bit long and generally more suitable for older children, because the book resolution is built on the words that sound the same, but not the same. Anna was a little disappointed that dinosaur didn’t come to school, after all, but she really worked hard trying to understand the story. I think we will reread it again when she is older.

Paper Bag Princess

I got this book from the library after reading a fun review at Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile. I liked the book, but as I expected, the message of a strong female heroine was completely lost on my daughter. The notion of a Dragon leaving behind bones and burnt forests didn’t sit well with her at all. She also wanted to know where exactly the Princess is going to live after her encounter with the Dragon and what happened to her parents. This is what you get when your daughter has comprehension well above her years, but emotional maturity of an average 3 year old – she was scared and the book was banished out of her room.

What are your children reading this New Year’s Eve week? Link in and share. The linky is open all week.


Kim said...

We've been reading the Martin Waddell books since Nicole recommended them, too, and we love them! I'm going to go look for the Rockwell books now. Our library list last week included 23 books. I'm getting good arm muscles!

Julie said...

Long Ago Yesterday sounds really interesting. I'll have to look for that one.

Christy said...

I have been meaning to check out that Paper Bag Princess book. I love Ana's reactions to things.

Infant Bibliophile said...

That first one sounds good; I'll have to look for it. Sorry the Paper Bag Princess got banished from her room, but I do think it is one parents will probably enjoy more than their toddlers.

SANDRA said...

"Good job Little Bear" is one of our favorites. We enjoy Martin Waddell's little Bear series.

We will resume linking up next Saturday after our two week Holiday break is over. We start back homeschooling on Monday. We will be reading books on Winter and Snow then.

Hope you had a great New Year's Day.

Debbie said...

Great books! I loved the last one, not the book but the fact that it was banned from Anna's room...too cute!

You're right though about having a child who is advanced but still only 3 I have the hardest time picking books tha Selena really enjoys. She still is just reading her princess books, nothing new, she won't look at anything else right now.

The girl who painted trees said...

Bear loves Robert Munsch. One of my Canadian teacher friends gave her a whole anthology as a baby shower gift. I actually read her her first Munsch story at 6 months and it was funny because she giggled at all the right moments even though she probably didn't really understand any of it (it must have been my facial expressions as I read the story)
The Paper Bag Princess is in the anthology, but she never asks for that one. She likes Angela's Airplane and Stephanie's Ponytail amongst others.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Interesting selection of books, most of them our new to me, so that makes them even more fun. I'm excited to see Jan Brett has a Town Mouse, Country Mouse story - I think that would be great for the kids, after the visiting the bustle of the west coast :)

Susana said...

After reading through comments, we love Robert Munsch too.

I agree with Christy, I too, enjoy reading about Anna's reactions to the books you two read together.

I did not know there was a "How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You" in the series. I will have to look for it. Joe LOVES these books.

I enjoy seeing what you guys read and adding to my never ending requests at our library after reading your posts each week.

Brimful Curiosities said...

I think friends and family are afraid to buy my kids books because they don't know what we already own. Santa, however, brought a stack of books for both of them, so the Christmas did not go by without a few book gifts. We have not read The Paper Bag Princess yet, but may give it a try this year.

Elise said...

Books are always on my list of preferred pressies for our children too.

I like the sound of the book, Long Ago Yesterday as I imagine it is something Savvy would also really enjoy.

My wishlist just keeps growing.

Ticia said...

As I got older I was disappointed if I didn't get books. But, that's me.
I'll have to add Long Ago Yesterday to my list of books to find. It looks intriguing.

MaryAnne said...

Long Ago Yesterday sounds really interesting, and like a good book to read with Emma.

We love Martin Waddell at our house - "Can't You Sleep, Little Bear" is my favorite of the Little Bear series, probably because my kids have so many sleep issues... We also really like "Owl Babies", although Anna might be a little old for it now.

Mama to 3 Blessings said...

My 1st time doing the what your child is reading - this is awesome! I love this blog, I love how I can see other mom's reviews about books. Thank you! :)