Smarty 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 (she consumes them in big batches during her “rest time”), I pulled out this book. Smarty’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 Smarty 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.
I reviewed this book before, but at the time I was reading it to Smarty. 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.
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 Smarty 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.
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. Smarty 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.