Saturday, April 10, 2010

It was a nice reading week with many books that we enjoyed. However, we reached a point where Anna only wants me to read most books once – then she is reading them herself. She only wants me to repeat books that she doesn’t quite understand – not the words, but the situations or behavior. Here are some of my picks this week, and next week I will start asking her to rank her favorites and explain why she likes those books.

When Frank Was Four

A few weeks ago we read Imagine by Alison Lester, so when I saw her When Frank Was Four in the library, I grabbed it right away. The book follows a group of 7 kids over 7 years of their life and also has counting scavenger hunt in the end. The text is simple, but Anna wanted to discuss each behavior with me and “sort” them into “it’s good” and “it’s bad”. It’s difficult sometimes to explain to her that certain things are OK for a one year old, but wouldn’t be acceptable for a “big girl” like herself. It’s even harder to explain that what’s not good for a 3 year old will be OK for a 7 year old. We had some good discussions with this book as a guide, and the illustrations are pretty nice too.

The Princess and the Potty

When I saw The Princess and the Potty in the library, I thought immediately of little Princess from Adventures in Mommydom and her potty training. I think a lot of princesses in training will like this book. Both Anna and I found it funny, and Anna enjoyed making predictions on what will happen next. Anna also learned a new word: pantalets. It really amused me how the king and the queen were worried about what the neighbors next door will think when their daughter was refusing to use the potty.

LHB Going To Town

We haven’t been raised on Little House books. In fact, I have never read them. So I was curious to pick up one of the modified picture books from the series to see what they are about. The opinions were split in the house. I liked the illustrations and the story about how life was more than a century ago. My husband called the book “Sunday School fare” and said that it’s too wholesome and unrealistic. Anna didn’t ask many questions, which made me think that she couldn’t really comprehend it. We will still try more books in the series to see if she begins to understand this world from way back when a little better.

Top of the World

We are going through original Toot & Puddle books, but I really disliked Top of the World. The reason of my dislike is the premise that Toot went on a long journey “on a whim” without telling anyone and leaving Puddle worried and searching for him. I also kept looking for missing pages, because the story felt very disjointed to me. Apparently, it’s more up to a reader to fill in the missing pieces based on the pictures, but I found this book not of the same story telling quality as the first one in the series.

What are your children reading? Link up and share – the blog hop is open all week. I am also linking my blog hop to other two book lovers – Feed Me Books Friday at The Adventure of Motherhood and Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the Word.


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13 comments:

Julie said...

Interesting reviews this week. That Toot and Puddle book doesn't sound very good. I agree I wouldn't want that sort of message!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

The Going to Town book sounds good to me (but I tend to think wholesome is good, lol). I just checked and our library doesn't have it. But you've given me a good idea... I just know M would love to read books about frontier life; I'll have to look for some others!

Debbie said...

Being raised on Little House on the Prairie of course Going to Town sounds like a great book to me. Though I wonder what Selena would really think of it.hmmm. Now the Princess in Training sounds more up her alley.

Ticia said...

I'll have to see if we can find the Princess book for her..... At this point I'll try anything, that girl is frustratingly stubborn. Argh....
The Little House book that was most popular here would not go over well at your house, my boys liked "Deer in the Woods," but it's about Pa going hunting for a deer, he doesn't catch anything, but still.
You might have better luck with the birthday one.

Cindy said...

We love Toot and Puddle books. Thanks for the heads up about this one. It reminds me of a Carl the dog book that we read and reviewed a few months ago. Come on authors, let's not encourage risky behavior, like leaving and not telling anyone, in children's books. Arg.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

When Anna is older, you should look into the actual Little House series. They are wholesome, but they are also written by someone who was there, and that wholesomeness, is a part of the past of this country (not that there hasn't always been a gritty side, too).

debi9kids said...

These all look like adorable books! I just LOVE finding out about wonderful new books to read to my little ones. Thanks!

ps This is my first time playing along! What a great meme!

Christy said...

I always enjoy your book reviews. I'm going to request some of these from the library now, thanks!

Brimful Curiosities said...

My daughter likes playing with her Little House paper dolls. I grew up reading the Little House books and think they do hold an important place in children's literature. The picture books are tame compared to the original series. Plenty of realism there --- butchering, fires, illness, etc.

Joyful Learner said...

You got us into Toot and Puddle books! We have that one...my husband already read it to JC but hasn't said anything. I think I'll ask.

The girl who painted trees said...

I have to try Toot and Puddle. We may have read one, but I'm not sure anymore...we read way too many books for me to keep track of them all. Bear really liked the Little House Christmas picture book.

The girl who painted trees said...

Oh, I'm so sad, our library doesn't have the When Frank was Four book.

Susana said...

Well, wholesome sounds wonderful to me!! I have never seen the Little House series for kids this age, but am off to find it this minute!

I LOVE all things Little House, LOVE it!! Little House has so many memories for me and will for Hanna too.

I so hope our library has this book!