Somehow we are entirely unsuccessful in reducing the number of library books we have at home. Last week we had 34. This week we have 35. Well, at least Smarty has a lot of choices in her reading material. Interestingly, sometimes she insists on taking home books that she already read before and enjoys rereading them. Moongame by Frank Asch and Please and Thank You Book by Richard Scarry made it to our “reread” list and were reviewed as favorites before. For once we didn’t have any complete rejects this week, so I will share our new favorites.
Every time I see a new book by Anne Rockwell in the library, I pounce right away. Smarty always loves the stories and the illustrations. She could connect to the book right away, since she also has “sharing days” about once a month in her preschool. I liked how the author made the children in this book very diverse and some of the items they bring reflect their ethnic background. Attention to Smarty's grandparents: Smarty was really interested in matreshka doll that one of the girls in the story brings to school (hint, hint).
We read two Tacky stories this week by Helen Lester – the original one and the Winter Games. I felt that they are better suited for older kids, but unexpectedly Smarty liked them, especially the Winter Games. It’s also the only one story I found that even touches on Winter Olympics, so it might be a good time to read it in preparation for Vancouver Games. I admit that I struggled a lot trying to explain the happenings in the story to someone who hasn’t seen snow sports and doesn’t have a concept of a sport competition. Still – it’s a fun book which brought a lot of discussions.
We had The Magic Rabbit during story time in the library last Saturday, and I liked it so much that I looked for an extra copy to take home. The illustrations are beautiful, and the story goes on to show that magic is not as much fun if it cannot be shared. Smarty, however, struggled a bit on the pages when Rabbit tries to pull friends out of the hat and they all hop, scurry and fly away. She wanted to understand why and I couldn’t really explain it. It still ends well, and I highly recommend the story as a beautiful picture book for young children.
No Way is a simple first reader, but the illustrations are really nice and detailed, and the story is fun to read. Smarty could definitely connect to the girl in the story who just never gets to do what she wants to do (at least that’s how it looks like) until the very end of the story. Smarty was shocked, however, that the girl wanted to ride in the front seat of the car in one of the pages. She said, No! It’s not safe for children! There is an air bag! We taught her well :)
What are your children reading this week? Please link up and share. The linky is open all week.