Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter everyone! I bet most people had either religious books or bunnies and eggs on their reading shelves this week. We tried both with mixed results and didn’t have any clear winners. However, there are two worth “honorable mention”.

The Biggest Easter Basket

We got this book for our home library at the latest Scholastic book sale at Anna’s school. Anna likes her nickname and likes to read books with mice as main characters. In this book two friends first compete and then cooperate to win a town competition for the biggest Easter basket. Their families pitch in as well, and then everyone shares the goodies. Anna gets more and more excited about Sunday reading all the books about egg hunts and big baskets with presents – uh-oh!

Bird GiftThis book is interesting for me because the story unfolds in Ukraine – the Southern neighbor of my native Belarus. It explains the origin of Ukrainian Easter eggs that are very intricately decorated. The book is not directly related to religious events of Easter, but the birds find shelter in the church, and the village priest plays a significant role in the story. The only complaint that I have about the story – it’s rather long and doesn’t have a natural stop point, so it’s not very convenient for the situations when I am only up for a short book as a transition to the next activity.

Toot and Puddle Garden

I was hoping to do some gardening this week, so I got another Toot & Puddle book from the library even though it was a book based on the TV show and not part of original series. Gardening didn’t happen because the weather was rather rainy, but Anna enjoyed reading this book with me – she especially liked the Toot trip to Mexico and wanted me to show her what jicama is next time we go to the grocery store.

100 days of cool

Our “Live Math” book this week was 100 Days of Cool from MathStart series. It was OK, but Anna couldn’t quite connect to the idea of wearing “cool clothes” for 100 days to earn a cool party in the end. Quite frankly, I don’t quite want her to be “a cool kid” and to dress up in bizarre costumes to keep up with friends. Anna is already asking to bring Counting Our Day to 100th Day back from the library – we both really liked that book.

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The girl who painted trees said...

Yea! I'm finally participating again! I've been away from the computer a long long time:)

Julie said...

My kids like that Toot and Puddle episode, so I might look for that one. I've been trying to find a few gardening books since we've started doing some planting here.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I've got to get in some of those Toot and Puddle books - we've seen the show on, but haven't read the books, yet.

Debbie said...

I was hoping to get some Easter books this week, but by the time we got to the library they were all checked out.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I like the sound of The Birds' Gift - it sounds like a neat story. The biggest Easter basket sounds like one M would enjoy too!

Ticia said...

I was looking at my bookshelf the other day and realizing I have one of the Toot and Puddle books and hadn't realized it. I'm going to have to pull it off the shelf to see it.
The last Easter book we read last night I thought was a little odd, but my kids loved it.
Oh, and I've left an award for you, I know you're not a big fan, but........ But, then I noticed they've already gotten their 500 posts.

Christy said...

Good books! My kids LOVE Toot and Puddle and they also LOVE the Biggest Ever series.

MaryAnne said...

We've never read any of these. The gardening one sounds interesting, and the Ukrainian one - my parents lived in Ukraine for a couple years (they left right before the orange revolution), and they are hoping to move back there in a year.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

We didn't have much excitement with Easter books either. I'm not sure why..? I think my girls would have liked the Biggest Easter Basket Ever. Sounds like fun!

Pathfinder Mom said...

I saw some Little Critter selections in your carousel. We really liked those for a while. They're now sitting neglected on the shelf. :(