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:
It was definitely the favorite book both for myself and for Smarty. 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. Smarty 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.
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.
Smarty’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 Smarty, 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. Smarty 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.
We read Twelve Hats for Lena when Smarty 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, Smarty 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.