We had a lot of books to read this week – both together and independently, and we went through all of them more than once. I tried to get Smarty to pinpoint her favorites, but she was always picking the one I was holding at the moment. So I will have to go with my observations and with the books that she chose to keep for another week. Long and complicated stories ruled in joint reading:
I first found out about this book from The Adventures of Bear some time ago and eventually decided to get it. I admit that while the story is engaging, the illustrations are not “mine”. I thought that all the characters were ugly, and I didn’t particular like the main character. Smarty , however, asked for the story many times and asked many questions. For example, she wanted to know what does the losers will be beheaded means. She also added For Pete’s sake to her vocabulary – not something that I want to hear from a three year old. Still – it was definitely one of the winners of the week.
I picked up The Story of Babar and The Travels of Babar in the library, because the illustrations looked oddly familiar to me. I am pretty sure that I had those books when I was a child too. It’s written in 1931, and it shows. No political correctness there – in the first book there is a detailed illustration of Babar weeping over his dead mother, in the second book he and his wife end up on an island populated by savage cannibals, end elephants are waging a war with rhinos. Both stories are also long, and I should have taken a closer look at them in the library. But… Smarty was mesmerized. She keeps returning to those books and asked to keep them for another week even though I only allowed her to keep 7 books out of current 30+ that we have checked out.
I was attracted to this book in the library because of bright and cheerful illustrations. Now we have a new favorite author and will keep an eye out for other books by Amy Hest. The topic was appropriate since we had so much rain in the beginning of this week, but unlike Baby Duck, daughter was delighted to splash in the rain. It was Smarty “bathroom reader”, and she read it to herself many times before finally moving on to her next “bathroom reader”.
Smarty is not a big fan of fact-based books, but she enjoyed the true story of Owen and Mzee. The illustrations are pretty, and the story is pretty compelling. I am still flabbergasted with how this reader with long words and quite a complex story can be the same level 1 as the stories with 5 words on the page, but I digress. We read it together once, and then she was reading it on her own many times. She ventured a theory that Mzee was also very wrinkled, so Owen probably thought that it’s his new mama. There is definitely a point in that :)
What is your child reading? Please link up to share – linky is open all week. If you want to participate in my current giveaways, please go to the giveaway posts and give yourself an extra entry for participating in WMCIR this 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.