Saturday, March 20, 2010

As always, it’s been a busy reading week with a mixture of the books on St Patrick’s Day, spring books, geography books and live math books. Here are the winners:Follow the Line

It was definitely the favorite book both for myself and for Anna. The pictures in the book are stunning. They are drawn with one continuous line from the first page to the last, and the book takes the readers to different places around the world. I liked the stops in new places – Sri Lanka and Greenland among others. Anna liked the book a lot even though it focuses on animals and doesn’t really have much of a story. Instead it has short facts about the location and the animals who live there. She could read most of it herself, which added to her enjoyment of the book. I explained to her the idea of following the line in this book, and she was fascinated with drawings and was doodling in the evenings creating her own “follow the line” stories.

All Kinds of Families

I picked All Kinds of Famililes from “new arrivals” shelf in the library, since we enjoyed A House For Me last week. This is another book by the same author with spectacular illustrations by a French author and illustrator Marc Boutavant. It’s really very interesting and rhymes well. It can be considered to be a “living math” book about sorting, since this line keeps repeating over and over again, Bottle caps, gingersnaps, buttons and rings – you can make families from all sorts of things. I will say no more – you’d better read it and enjoy it yourself. It really offers so many opportunities for extensions or discussions that I cannot begin to list them all.

Duckings and Pollywogs

Anna’s preschool theme last week was Pond Life. I usually get a book or two from the library closer to the end of the week to extend the theme a bit. I mentioned so many times already that non-fiction books by Anne Rockwell are very popular with Anna, because they usually have children in the stories, and she likes to read about children. This story goes over pond transformation over a year – from the winter of one year to the winter of the next year. It describes pond plants and animals with bright illustrations and easy sentences. Anna requested this book many times even though it contained a scary word died when the author talked about some pond plants. We had some discussion about annual plants and how they are reborn every spring from the seeds or bulbs.

Twelve Hats for Lena

We read Twelve Hats for Lena when Anna was about 2. Both of us liked the book then, and I picked it up again as a “living math” book about months of the year. This time, however, Anna was not very interested. I think the text was too basic for her, and she already has basic understanding of months of the year and holidays. I still recommend this book for younger kids, and it also lends itself well to extension activities.

What are your children reading this week? Link up at your convenience and share – linky is open all week. I am also linking my WMCIR post to Feed Me Books Friday at The Adventure of Motherhood and Read Aloud Thursday at Hope is the Word.


Pathfinder Mom said...

I reserved Follow the Line and Pattern Fish. Pattern Bugs is still checked out - boo! Tornado Boy is very interested in patterns right now, so hopefully he'll enjoy the book.

Brimful Curiosities said...

We are planning to read All Kinds of Famililes next month during poetry month. Follow the line could inspire some fun line crafts!

Ticia said...

Hmmmm, I didn't comment like I thought I had. Well, then let's fix this.
I've always been amazed at illustrators who can make amazing pictures with just one line. That takes a lot of forethought and thinking, which I'm not super good at. I wonder how many times he erased a line because it was in the wrong spot?
All Kinds of Families sounds really cool. I'll have to see if I can find it.

Debbie said...

All Kinds of Families sounds like a good book. I will have look for it. The rest sound great as well!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The idea of a line story sounds very interesting - we'll have to check that one out.

Julie said...

Interesting books this week! I'm going to check out Follow the line. And the one about ponds sounds great. We have a pond behind our house so I'd love to do a lesson on ponds with the kids.

Gabriele said...

We LOVE the Follow the Line series! We discovered it sometime last year and fell in love with it! Cheeky thought it was so fun that the line literally follows through the entire book. We haven't read the Around the World one though...just the regular Follow the Line and Follow the Line Through the House, and her other book Toni's Topsy-Turvy Telephone's a Follow the Line type book too, LOL :) We will have to check that one out too!

Janna said...

Hmmm those follow the line have peeked my curiousity! Off to the library:)

Ashley said...

Those look like some great books - thanks for sharing!

Sue Jackson said...

I just discovered your blog! My boys are older - 12 and 15 now - so we're reading different kinds of books than you are! But I have great memories of those pictures book days, and I also track what my kids are reading at my blog, Great Books for Kids and Teens.