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”.
We got this book for our home library at the latest Scholastic book sale at Smarty’s school. She 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. Smarty gets more and more excited about Sunday reading all the books about egg hunts and big baskets with presents – uh-oh!
This 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.
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 Smarty 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.
Our “Live Math” book this week was 100 Days of Cool from MathStart series. It was OK, but Smarty 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. Smarty is already asking to bring Counting Our Day to 100th Day back from the library – we both really liked that book.