Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tom Goes To Kindergarten

Kindergarten/preschool books are popular here, since Anna can connect very well to the content. This book was a straggler from our China week, since it features pandas. I liked the family dynamics described in the book – when daddy comes from work he can’t play with his kids, because he has to take out trash, cook and iron some shirts. Anna is quite used to her father cooking, cleaning and doing laundry too. The fun starts when the whole family discovers the joys of kindergarten. I won’t say more, because I hope that you will read the book and enjoy it as much as we did.

Dream Snow

Dream Snow was another winner from Eric Carle in this house. We don’t own a lot of “noisy books”, so anything with a button inevitably attracts a lot of interest. Fortunately, the story itself is lovely even though I admit that the snow panels didn’t quite work for me, because I had to first show them on and then reveal who is under them. It makes a very nice relaxing bedtime story of just the right length.

Henry Show and Tell

Anna has a sharing day in school every month, so she really enjoys “Show and Tell” books. She personally selected this book in the library. It was our first experience with Nancy Carlson books, and we are going to read more in Henry series. In this book Henry is very nervous when he has to speak in class, but eventually overcomes his anxiety. There are some fun twists in the story that Anna really enjoyed. She kept asking me why Henry feels “shaky” when he has to speak – she has an opposite problem of staying quiet while it’s someone else’s turn to share.

Pea Pod Babies

Anna really enjoyed Pea Pod Babies and didn’t want to return it back to the library. I found the illustrations are charming, but I didn’t like the split panel format of the story in its second half – it was difficult to read three story lines, and I also happen to really dislike the books that try to be poems, but don’t quite rhyme. So this is the book where we disagreed, but she won :)

What are your children reading? Please link up and share – the linky is open all week.

10 comments:

MaryAnne said...

Great book reviews - the "Tom Goes to Kindergarten" book sounds especially good.

Ticia said...

I'm with you the books that try to be poems, but aren't quite drive me nuts as well.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

All four of those books are new to me - it's truly amazing how many excellent children's stories are out there.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Pea Pod Babies sounds cute! We love Eric Carle, so I think we'll check that one out. M also loves any book with buttons, lol. Not me so much. :)

Cindy said...

We love Dream Snow. We read it around Christmas time every year. This week we also read an Eric Carle I think it was called 10 Rubber Ducks and it had a button at the end. I forgot to write about that one. It was cute.

Cara said...

We really enjoyed Dream Snow too! I put it away with our Christmas books, but it is great winter story!

My son is also very interested in school, so I'll be sure to check out Tom Goes to Kindergarten from the library.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I'm definitely going to add books from the Henry series on our library list! Great reviews! I always enjoy coming to your blog to see what you and Anna are up to. :-)

Mom and Kiddo said...

Eventually I'm going to try and going your linky, but for now I'm having trouble just finding the time to check my reader! I hadn't heard of those Henry books. I'm going to see if I can find one.

Debbie said...

I will have to look for some Henry books. Those sound great! I bet Selena would also enjoy the Pea Pod Babies. She loves Once Apon the Time stories.

Julie said...

I agree with you on Pea Pod Babies. Really hard to read aloud!