Saturday, February 20, 2010

I Love My New Toy
Last Saturday we brought home one of the books from Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie series. It was highly recommended by Julie from My Book Retreat. It’s perfect for Smarty’s independent reading level, and she fell in love with this book. On Tuesday we brought home 6 more books from the same series, and Smarty just sat and devoured them all one by one. I had to help her with a couple of words in those 6 books, but she just couldn’t stop reading them and begged to take them in bed. I can see now why these books are so well liked – the number of words on each page is not overwhelming, and each tells a cute story of friendship. It’s also perfect for predicting
Chicka Chicka 123
We own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Smarty really liked it when she was younger. But we never read Chicka Chicka 123 before. We got it in the library, and Smarty really enjoyed the book. She asked for it many times and quoted from it just for fun. It also seemed to help her to figure out the difference between, say, 16 and 60. And I personally like how clever this book is – it introduces skip counting by 10 and counting backward in a very playful way.
Koala Lou
It looks like every week we have another book by Mem Fox among our favorites. What is interesting is that they are all illustrated by different artists, so they have very different feel to them. People who watch Olympics (we don’t) might find it extra interesting, since Koala Lou competes in Bush Olympics in this book in an attempt to impress her mother. I planned to keep this book until our Australian “expedition” but maybe we will reread it again then.
Around the World in 80 tales
We got this book in the library, and I think that we are going to acquire it eventually since it’s a book that can be read many times over years. It’s a collection of fairy tales from different countries. Most of them are over Smarty’s head and mostly deal with getting rich with the help of some sort of local magical creature. For example, in Chinese story it was a green dragon. I really disliked Russian story that they included – I guess Smarty has to be at least 10 to even understand its premise and moral. Still, she likes the book because she really likes long books with many stories inside. I am pretty sure she will be a voracious chapter book reader when she is a little older.


Gabriele said...

We LOVE the Elephant & Piggie series! L could seriously read them non-stop! I think we have read all of the books in the series now and loved every one of them! :)
Great picks this week!!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Good to know about Chicka Chicka 123, I need to work on skip counting with my youngest.

Diana said...

I have never heard of the elephant and piggie series. I will have to check them out. My oldest is reading simple books right now and may really like them as well.

Brimful Curiosities said...

My kids like reading those Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie books with me. Such funny stories. They also enjoy searching for the pigeon in each book...silly pigeon hiding. We also read a Mem Fox book this week. It appealed to my toddler because of the repeating refrain.

Debbie said...

I looked for Chicka Chicka 123, but I guess I will have to request it. Sounds like some great books!

Julie said...

I'm so glad she liked the elephant and piggie books! I'm also incredibly impressed that she's reading better than so of the kids in C's kindergarten class!

Ticia said...

Thanks for adding my link!
I SO wanted to check out Koala Lou for our Australia study but it was checked out. Mem Fox has some awesome books!
I have yet to read the Elephant books by Mo Willems because they're always checked out! We have one of the Pigeon books, which are pretty cute, if simplistic.
There's also a telling time book in the Chicka Chicka series, if Anna's intersted in time at all.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I also think those elephant and piggie books are great. Mo Willems used to live in our neighborhood. Have you read knuffle bunny (1 and 2). THe photos will look familiar to you! Kiddo loves seeing his neighborhood and playground in the book!

Julie said...

Yeah Elephant and Piggie! We love them!

Amy said...

Thanks for linking up to Read Aloud Thursday!

I'll have to get some of the Elephant and Piggie books for my blossoming reader. I hadn't thought about them, for some reason.

That Around the World book sounds like it might be a good resource, too.

Thanks again for the link! :-)