Saturday, April 24, 2010

We had a very busy reading week. I got a lot of books from the library based on the recommendations from previous WMCIR posts. Alas, only one of them was a true hit in our house. I despaired asking Smarty which books are her favorites, so I introduced a new rule: she can only keep 7 books between library visits. It’s pretty interesting to watch her weigh her options – she always starts by piling up the first 7 books she lays her hands on and then exchanges them for the ones she really wants to keep. Interestingly, her winners are split pretty evenly between complex stories that we read to her and picture books/early readers that she can read on her own.
The Moon Might Be Milk
This is one book recommended both by Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn and by Almost Unschoolers that was a clear winner. Moreover, I certainly plan to make moon cookies this weekend and probably throw some Earth cookies inspired again by Almost Unschoolers. We both enjoyed reading the story and looking at the illustrations, and I highly recommend it to everyone if your children will sit through a book that is at least 20 minutes long. It also lends itself well to sequencing or matching activities that I am too lazy to create and, of course, to baking together.
Adventures of Aluminum Can
Smarty asked for The Adventures of Aluminum Can every evening and seems to enjoy it a lot. I am not sure, however, whether it was her stalling tactic before going to bed or whether she was really trying to comprehend the story line. Since she didn’t ask many questions, I assume it was rather the stalling. I thought that the story is really well done but better suited for older kids (at least 6+), since a lot of concepts would be beyond preschoolers’ grasp.
Me and My Place in Space
To be honest, Me and My Place in Space went back to the library, and Smarty chose to keep Our Stars. However, she read Me and My Place in Space many times on her own and with me and asked a lot of questions. We read in some other book how Pluto is no longer considered a planet, and she kept pointing out how Mercury is the same size as Pluto in the pictures and asking why it’s still a planet. Again, I would recommend Our Stars for 6+ age group.
Ms Frizzle Ancient Egypt
OK… This is a great book, but it made me really resent Amazon’s way of giving their books a wide age range such as 4-8. There is no way this book is meant for 4 year olds. The illustrations are complex, there are several subtle substories going on, it’s rather long, and it deals with some pretty heavy stuff. I turned the page, and suddenly we were in the middle of mummy-making process starting with cutting the body and removing the brain. As you can imagine, this generated endless why and what-if questions here. Smarty absolutely refused to return this book to the library, but I am hoping that with 20+ new books to read she might leave this one alone.


Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

We will definitely be looking for The Moon Might be Milk - it sounds great! I also think Matthew would enjoy Me and my Place in Space. The mummy one we'll definitely wait on, lol!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

My children have not cared for books about mummies, so we'll probably stay away from that one, but The Adventures of an Aluminum Can looks very interesting.

I'm glad Anna liked The Moon Might be Milk - I hope she enjoys the cookies, too!

Debbie said...

We will have to look for the Adventures of an Aluminum Can. I don't think Selena would enjoy the book about mummies.

Glad Anna enjoyed The Moon Might Be Milk, Selena still asks for the book on occassions, I guess I will have to pick it up again.

Christy said...

I totally agree with you about Amazon. It can be really frustrating. I typically read the reviews to see if people comment on the age appropriateness.

We haven't read The Moon Might be Milk, but I'm going to request it. Moon cookies sound like something that we would LOVE to bake.

Anonymous said...

I like the moon and earth cookie ideas. I wonder if I can amend them to be gluten free?

I'm definitely finding that pre-reading books is getting to be more and more necessary these days. Some topics really just don't work for early readers.

artsy_momma said...

Can't wait to see your moon and earth cookies!

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

Juliet does the stalling tactic thing too... :)

Ticia said...

Yeah, I've wondered that as well on some of the books we've checked out that are "for under 7." I've got one of the Imperial China ones for Magic School Bus, and I"m thinking before I read it to them I'm going to read it myself.