Kindergarten/preschool books are popular here, since Smarty 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. Smarty 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 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.
Smarty 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 Smarty 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.
Smarty 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 :)