Saturday, March 6, 2010

Anna read a lot of books independently this week, but we still have several times during the week when we read to her (or she reads to us). Here are the highlights of the week.

Little Bear

Anna was very excited to read the stories from Little Bear book to me. I first saw this book on Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn and, I think, On Tired, Need Sleep blogs. My favorite story was the one where Little Bear goes to the Moon and an interaction between Little Bear and his down-to-Earth mother. Or maybe, said mother, you are a fat Little Bear with no wings and no feathers. For some reason this phrase really cracked me up. Anna enjoyed all four stories and read them many times by herself even though she might not appreciate the subtle humor in the stories as well as adults can.

The Greedy Triangle

We read a lot of “Live Math” books here. I learned about The Greedy Triangle from No Time For Flashcards. Anna was a little apprehensive at first, since there is magic involved, and she is not a big fan of “transformations”, but she appreciated the story. She did comment that it has a lot of long words, such as quadrilateral. She requested it many times, but eventually lost interest as she usually does with live math books. I think we will revisit the book when she is a little older.Bremen Musicians

Last week I complained how the copy of The Bremen Musicians that I picked up in the library was disappointing. Min from Joyful Learner has recommended an alternative edition by the Bremen native Hans Wilhelm. He wrote and illustrated many well known children books, and his illustrations are much better suited for young children. Anna enjoyed listening to the story again.

Toot and Puddle

We only got Toot & Puddle on Thursday, so this is the late entry in “the best books of the week” race. However, I couldn’t wait to share this find. The story is really engaging and contrasts two pig friends – one is a world traveler and one is a homebody. They separate for a year and both have fun their own way. When we finished reading, I asked Anna, What would you rather do – travel the world or stay home? She thought for a moment and replied seriously, I’d rather stay home like Puddle than travel the world all by myself like Toot. So I asked her, What if we were there too? Her eyes lit up and she said, Yes! Then I would like to travel the world! I certainly hope that our joint wish will come true when she is older :)

What are your children reading this week? Please link up and share! The linky is open all week. I am also linking to Feed Me Books Friday and Read-Aloud Thursday.


Cindy said...

We love Toot and Puddle here. Drew likes to read about them as much as he loves to watch the TV show. We have that Little Bear book but, it is in storage. I can't wait to get out all our books once the house is done.

Amy said...

Looks like a nice selection of books at your house this week! I love Little Bear, too, even if my children don't always "get it."

I think this is the first time I've linked up to What My Child Is Reading. Thanks for hosting! (I came here via Brimful Curiosities.)

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I love the Little Bear books! We've never read any Toot and Puddle books, but I think Matthew would like them. I like Anna's answer to your question!

Debbie said...

Toot and Puddle sounds like a cute book. I am glad that Anna enjoyed Little Bear!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I picked up a copy of The Bremen-town Musicians by Ruth Belov Gross at Goodwill a couple weeks ago. Both kids enjoy listening to it, especially the part where the animals scare the the robber. I was thinking of posting about the various versions of the story (like my post on Frog and Princess books) so I'm excited to read your thoughts. We'll have to look for Wilhelm's version to see how it compares.

As far as Toot & Puddle, I believe they also have their own animated TV show. We've never seen any of the episodes, though. The books are pretty cute.

Ticia said...

I haven't heard of Toot and Puddle before, it looks interesting. Loved her answer for traveling.
And, I'm a Little Bear fan too. But, I'm not a huge fan of the movie. Don't know why.

Pathfinder Mom said...

Toot and Puddle definitely seems like a winner. We'll have to look for them.

Debbie said...

I have a Reading Award for you at my blog!

Adventure Mom Janna said...

Little Bear is a fav here. And Toot and Puddle On Top of the World was a big hit with B this week too! She asks for the two pigs. It cracks me up to keep saying toot all the time:)

I realized a couple of weeks ago that we have similar memes and have been thinking we should find a way to promote each other or something. Any good ideas how we can do that?

FYI- all those that link up next week will have a chance to win a gift card as well.

Adventure Mom Janna said...

Also a tweeted a link to this post with the #kidlit hashtag today.

If you tweet, using the hashtag #kidlit will help connect you to other children's book lovers. I just discovered that this week. Hope it brings some more book lovers together!

Gabriele said...

Great choices this week! I am definitely going to have to check out one of the books in your other post...the one about things from Germany...wish I had seen the post sooner since we are at Mom's house...she would love to read it too!! Maybe on our next trip down ;)

Julie said...

Bremen Town Musicians is a great story. I have not seen this version yet.

vanessa said...

Juliet loves Toot and Puddle--there's a tv show based on the books that she loves as well. I like how they feature trips to other countries.

I will look for that Bremen Town Musicians book! I love that story and haven't read it to Juliet yet.