Saturday, May 8, 2010

Anna’s room has been a disaster lately. Not so much because of the toys, but books are everywhere. Several times I had problems tracking some of her library books, but usually she knows where a particular book is hiding. I learned from experience to look under her bed and under her mattress when something is lost. She reads a lot independently now, and only wants me to read “new books”. Here are her current favorites:

Care Bears Happy

What Makes You Happy? is one of the books that I got at the library sale a week ago. It migrated to Anna’s shelf next to her bed and now she reads it to herself several times a day. In fact, we always have to dig this book out of her bed when she falls asleep in the evening. It’s a cute simple book with beautiful illustrations, and I can see how relaxing it must be for her to think happy thoughts before falling asleep in the evening.

Paddington Bear

Another good book sale find was A Bear Called Paddington. We got an earlier edition that tells a great story, but the format is not very friendly for young children (too much text on the page). However, this book is also published as picture book series with beautiful illustrations by R.W. Alley, and I got two of them in the library. We have really enjoyed this new bear series and plan to look for more books about this adorable bear.

I wear my tutu

We read a lot of books about ballet lately, and Anna started to say again that she wants to start dancing classes again. I am very undecided about it, since she absolutely refused to go after two visits during our previous attempt to start dancing. In the meantime, we both enjoyed I Wear My Tutu Everywherea cute story about a girl who is very much in love with her fancy tutu. I don’t know why Anna loves the story so much – she absolutely refuses to wear her own.

Look What Came from Mexico

I was a little surprised that Look What Came From Mexico was the most requested book this week. We read other books from the same series, but Anna was not nearly as fascinated about them. She asked a lot of questions and all the time commented on the dates in the books. She kept saying, that was a long time ago! I did modify the text a bit to skip things that she never heard of. Sometimes she caught me sometimes she didn’t. She told me that she likes to learn about countries, and that she wants to learn about England next. Castles and kings, here we come :)

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15 comments:

Elise said...

What a diverse range of themes. I think Savvy would enjoy the book about the tutu. Sometimes, I also get surprised by the books that appeal to Savvy.

Your measuring activity where Anna measured different body parts would be a hit here. What a creative way to learn about measurement. We will certainly be giving this a go.

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

We have the tutu book and Nani loves reading it! I've always been a big fan of Paddington!!

Have a great Mother's Day!

Christy said...

I love Care Bears! So cute. I have to look for that ballet book; Reagan loves all things ballet.

Hear Mum Roar said...

My two year old daughter is obsessed with 'Upsy Daisy wants to sing'. She begs to have it repeatedly read to her, and she likes yelling out the things the characters are saying! It's so funny

My three year old son is enjoying 'The Wrong Book', 'My Cat Maisie', 'This Old Man', and 'I spy' books. He also likes anything that teaches letters and numbers.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I'll have to see if we can find the Care Bear book - it sounds so... happy! :)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I think I like Paddington Bear even more than the children, but his stories always leaves me wanting marmalade...:)

Debbie said...

I remember the first two books from my older children, they were big hits for them. I haven't found much in the way of care bear books for Selena.

Ticia said...

I loved Care Bears growing up.

And Robin Hood, don't forget Robin Hood, she might like the Disney animated version. I don't know if it'd be too scary. My kids love it.

Cindy said...

I used to love Paddington Bear. I will have to lib. request some. Have a wonderful Mother's day!

Mom and Kiddo said...

I read Paddington to Kiddo, but I found that I ended up explaining a lot to him. That's not a bad thing, of course but I've decided to wait a while to read him the subsequent books. Right now we are reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which he is loving.

Aging Mommy said...

We have not yet tackled Paddington Bear but I remember watching the TV series as a child. I will have to get a Paddington book. I just love some of the children's books, favorites in our house include Bark, George, anything by Dr Seuss or David Shannon, Harry The Dirty Dog, Swimmy, Charlie the Caterpillar and a whole bunch more!

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

We love I Wear My Tutu Everywhere! I actually used to read it to my three-yr-old dance students too. Sorry to hear that she didn't take to the class the first time around. Sometimes even starting six months or a year later makes a big difference in their comfort level. Books help too! :)

Julie said...

We haven't read Paddington bear books but now I think I'll look for one at the library. I'm guessing M would love the tutu book. And I'm jealous that Anna's getting into that stage of being fascinated by other countries. C went through that for about a year and it was so much fun. I'm hoping M becomes interested at some point as well.

Amy said...

You know, I don't think my girls have met Paddington! I'll have to remedy that!

It's funny that she picked the book on Mexico, too. Who knows what these bright little bulbs will take a shine to next? :-)

Janna said...

Ahh! That's so precious that she hides them like treasure under her mattress. And she want to learn about England? That's wonderful!