Smarty 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.
Smarty 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. Smarty 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.
We read a lot of “Live Math” books here. I learned about The Greedy Triangle from No Time For Flashcards. Smarty 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.
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. Smarty enjoyed listening to the story again.
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 Smarty , 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 :)