This was a good reading week. It was quite hard to select top four books that I traditionally review in this post. You can read my separate post about Kiwi and Pear –this book definitely was at the top of our reading choices this week – first as a joint reading, then as Anna’s independent reading book.
This fantastic book was recommended by one of my favorite bloggers – Elise at Inspiration Abounds, Creativity Surrounds. It’s kind of hard to describe this book. Illustration are incredibly detailed and gorgeous. Every story has two double spreads – one is a pretend setup at home – jungles, ice worlds, savannah, etc. The second double page pictures animal life from that place. Anna loved pretend places much better and asked innumerable questions. She was not interested whatsoever in identifying animal life – she is not exactly an animal person. Other children may react to the book differently, but it’s the beauty of it – there is enough in it for everyone.
This book has almost earned the “flop spot” last week. I picked it in the library, because her preschool theme was Habitats. From the first look at the cover Anna declared it “boring” and didn’t want to read it. Over the weekend she changed her mind and we ended up reading it very many times. Interestingly, Anna appears to have no recollection that we already read it last summer. She didn’t react much to it then, but connected a lot better to it now and really enjoyed finding her own habitats around her. The story rhymes well, and the illustrations are very engaging. I especially liked the ending, And the Earth is a home to us all. It doesn’t hurt to remember it always.
I try to pick up at least one “Live Math” book in the library every week. Pattern Bugs was actually a random pick from the display shelf, and it turned out to be a winner. The text was easy enough for Anna to read by herself, and she was taking it with her on the car rides. The illustrations are bright and they offer a lot of chances to look for various patterns, not just for ABAB pattern. Anna was also fascinated with the cover graphics – how bugs curved themselves into the letters. I don’t know how much math she is learning from those books, but at least the concepts are reinforced through good literature.
I was excited to stumble upon a new book from Frank Asch in the library. We really like his Moonbear series, but this book is illustrated differently. I only got to read the story once – Anna declared that she can read it herself and didn’t want to waste our reading time together on it. I was so-so on the story – it’s a little too simple for my taste, but I really enjoyed rainbow watercolor illustrations. We might recheck it again from the library for the Earth Day.
What are your children reading? Please link up and share – the linky is open all week. I am also linking to my two sisters in kid lit linkies - Feed Me Books Friday at The Adventure of Motherhood and Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope is the World.