Saturday, May 15, 2010


Barbie Story CollectionAnna got this Barbie Story Collection from Babushka for Christmas, but we didn’t get to read it then. When we ran out of library early readers (Anna consumes them in big batches during her “rest time”), I pulled out this book. Anna’s first question was, Who is Barbie? I had to point out to her that she in fact has two of them. I’ll be honest – I don’t like the book at all, especially the story where Barbie picks her outfits for a date with Ken. I don’t plan to extend our Barbie reading collection anytime soon. The book, however, became a new night stand reader that Anna reads every night before falling asleep. And she started to play dress-up and wants to wear pink all the time. I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry but remind myself that this too shall pass.
You read to me
I reviewed this book before, but at the time I was reading it to Anna. Now she selected You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You (we got it last year as a present from a friend) as another book that she reads every night. I am a lot more pleased with this selection than with Barbie series, and it always cracks me up when she suddenly starts quoting poems from this book. She has her favorites there, the ones that she can not only read but also comprehend. Some of the poems have all the familiar words, but are meant for somewhat older children.
I am a tyrannosaurus
This was a book that I picked up at the library book sale. Personally, I agree with Amazon reviewers who gave it one star for scary and graphic content. When I was reading it to Anna for the first time, I kept thinking, When will she run away screaming? This book doesn’t mince words – it describes in gory details how T-Rex hunts and kills its prey. There is slashing, ripping, slicing, gulping and a bloated carcass of a baby triceratops (all the words from the book). However, daughter keeps reading the book every day for three weeks now to anyone who wants to listen and on her own, doesn’t seem to be disturbed in the least, and uses all that vocabulary when she is in the mood for chasing games. I find it amusing that she can enjoy both Barbie and T-Rex even though they couldn’t be more different.
Bigger
My personal two winners of this week was In the Castle which gave us so many ideas for our StArt project and Bigger. Bigger is wonderful both in illustrations and in text and follows a little boy on his journey from the womb all the way to school. Anna was very interested and noticed little details on each page – for example, how the font also gets progressively bigger on every page. Very nice (and short) read that I think is perfect for preschoolers.
What are your children reading this week? Please link up and share, the linky is open all week.

13 comments:

Fairion said...

Your comments about the T-Rex book cracked me up. Froggy loves that book and we picked it up at one point because she loves all things dinosaur. It never occurred to me that it might be too scary for little ones.

The You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You book looks wonderful. I have not seen this series before. I just put it on our request list at the library. Thank you for the recommendation.

MaryAnne said...

A bloated carcass of a baby triceratops? That book sounds too scary for me! I love how eclectic Anna's interests are, and that "Bigger" book sounds really cute!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Matthew is going through a gory-loving stage right now too. I try to stay away from books like that, but he comes up with it all on his own. Must be their age. :)

We LOVE Daniel Kirk. LOVE him. His song books (Things that Go, Dogs Rule, etc) are in our top 10 list and his other books are great as well. I haven't seen this one though, but I'll be looking for it!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Watch out for Barbie - it's a phase that can hold on for quite a while! :)

Debbie said...

I agree with you on Barbie, we have even held off buying any Barbie dolls for Selena. I think she would take to that book too much since all she wants to wear is pink, we will stick to the disney princeses for a while longer.

Cindy said...

We dino books here but I am not so sure about this one.I always wonder why authors feel the need to be so graphic in a children's book. Bigger sounds great!

Christy said...

R LOVES Barbie. She really loves anything that involves fashion and Barbie falls in that category! I definitely understand where you are coming from though!

I love Daniel Kirk too!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Anna has quite the personality! I love that she is so interested in both Barbie and T-Rex. Emily would have been so scared of that book!

Adriana said...

I am not a big fan of Barbie either but it is hilarious that she is so into pink right now. :) Diego would love that dinosaur book. We have several like it and he never gets tired of the carnage. I am going to look for the castle book and Bigger. Thanks for the suggestions!

Ticia said...

I'm totally with you on any and all Barbie books, the few we have are just horrible as far as any content goes. Right now Princess' Barbie's are mainly used to hit her brothers, but she still likes pink. While insisting she is Batman.
My boys would probably love I Am A Tyrannosaur.

Pathfinder Mom said...

Completely random - we read My Truck is Stuck this week as well. It'd been in our bookcase forever. I wasn't very impressed. Scholastic books (the cheapies) really can be hit or miss.

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

The barbie/t-rex combo makes me laugh!

Amy said...

I feel the same way when we end up with Barbie books. I just try to remember that consuming a little "junk food" won't kill my girls. ;-)

Yours is the second post I've seen with the You Read to Me/I'll Read to You book. I have to look that one up!