Saturday, May 1, 2010

We had a wonderful reading week. Our new library books were mostly random picks with a few stragglers on my “reserve” list. Then I went to the library book sale last Saturday and brought home almost 100 books. I couldn’t pass up the price of 25 cents for a paperback, and the selection was awesome. It’s a good thing that my husband just extended the bookshelf in Smarty's room – now we have space for all those new books. I didn’t give all of them to Smarty yet – many of them are for joint reading, and I don’t want to introduce more than 2 new books a day to her. Anyway, here are our winners from this week.
I've seen Santa
Am I the only person who likes to read “out-of-season” books? I enjoy Christmas books all year long, and there is some sort of extra charm in reading them when Christmas is still far away. I saw this book in the “new books” section, and the illustrations were too cute to resist. The story didn’t disappoint either – it’s full of twists, very funny, and has a satisfying ending. Smarty enjoyed it a lot too and left it in her seven “winners” to keep for the next week – the highest award she can give to the book.
Ladybug Girl
I saw this book at Superheroes and Princesses and had to have it. We both enjoyed it a lot, and I liked Ladybug character a lot more than Fancy Nancy. I also liked how the girl in the story reacts to her older brother’s slights even though I don’t think it’s very realistic. Smarty liked the story quite a bit, and voted it in for another week as well. And while I am at it, let me tell you about a wonderful site We Give Books. If you don’t have Ladybug Girl in your library, you can read it online and then choose to donate a book to one of the campaigns of your choice (you don’t have to donate to be able to read a book).
Under the Sea
This was one of my library book sale finds that Smarty really liked. In the story two children visit underwater research station and get familiar with different ocean inhabitants. It has the right balance of fact and fiction for Smarty, and just a little bit of suspense – not enough to get her alarmed. Of course, “the glow in the dark” part is kind of neat too – we didn’t have books like this in our collection before.
Dinosaurs Before Dark
This is another book from the library book sale. I was interested in Magic Tree House series for a while now, and now I am convinced that we will be collecting them through second hand purchases for our home collection. Yes, I know, it’s not the jewel of English literature, but the mixture of adventure and facts is hard to resist. Besides, one of the main characters is named Annie, and she is, in Smarty's words, pretty brave. After I read to her the first two chapters, she coaxed papa into reading her the rest in one sitting. I will wait to see how she “digested” it – after all, it’s one of the longest books that we attempted so far.


Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Ladybug Girl looks really good, and thanks for the link to the site!!

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

I love reading Christmas books all year long, too! In fact, just bought 2 new ones at thrift store this week!

I am jealous of your 100 books at 25 cents a piece! That is amazing that there were so many books to choose from!!

We loved Ladybug girl as well. Thanks for the link for We Give Books! I'm off to check it out!

Anonymous said...

What a great sale.

We have a majority of the Magic Tree House books. I bought a set second hand a while back. We've read a few of them at bedtime. We just break them up into a couple of chapters per day. It does help to read them in order.

Joyful Learner said...

What great finds! That reminds me to check out some library sales next time...although I don't know where I would store the books! I need to get rid of some of ours but it's so hard to part with books!

That's cool you read Christmas books all year. I have to remember that next time JC picks out a Halloween book in July and wants to go trick or treating! ;)

I'm amazed by how much you get done...all the books you read, activities you do with Anna, outings you go on, thoughtful comments you leave for everyone and insightful posts on a regular basis....all on top of full time work! You are a super mom! And if I had more time, I would make you an award!

Our Country Road said...

Thank you so much for the We Give Books site!! We dont have a local library that we can check books out from, so it will be using that a lot!! I noticed that they even have extention packs free for download. Too cool!

Debbie said...

Ladybug girl sound like a cute book. I will have to check out the We Give Books Site!

Ticia said...

I've been waiting on Magic School Bus but the kids are probably ready and it'd go good with our starting on history next year and geography as well with all the different places they visit.
I know they have some pretty good books on CD for them, so I"ll have to see what I can find for our trip this summer.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Kiddo LOVES Magic Tree house. We have read almost all of them. The series takes a turn around #29 and the books get longer. You're right, they are not the best literature in the world, but whatever they like, is what I say! Kiddo also like another fact-laden series called "Andrew Lost", but I think it is too fact heavy -- and it's easy to see why Magic Tree House is more popular.

KJ said...

My son requests the Christmas movies or books all of the time, and I always respond "It's not Christmas time!" LOL I guess I should say yes, but I want to make those special...silly I guess.

Christy said...

We read holiday books all year long - usually Halloween and Christmas books.

I'm glad Anna liked Ladybug Girl.

I love library book sales!

The girl who painted trees said...

We just recently read our first Magic Tree House (the gorillas one) to go with our study of African annimals). Bear really enjoyed it.

Fairion said...

I will be interested to hear how the "digesting" goes. Dinosaurs Before Dark is currently in our car basket being "pre-digested" We have tried Magic Tree House several times and failed to have them sell despite having read and enjoyed much longer books.

Ladybug Girl is great. We have read several of her adventures. I recommend Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy as our personal favorite

Elizabeth said...

We would have to agree that there is no bad time of the year to read I've Seen Santa! We posted your blog on our facebook fan page. Are you a fan yet?
Happy Reading,
tiger tales

Julie said...

I'm going to check out the Ladybug Girl book. We just got our first Fancy Nancy book from the library today but haven't read it yet.

SANDRA said...

We read "I've seen Santa" last year and we agree it is a cute book.

I think we are giong to look for that "Glow in the Dark, Under the Sea" that you read with Anna. I think the boys will be interested in it.

We enjoy reading your reviews this week.