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.
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.
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.
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.
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.