We enjoyed a relaxed reading week – we only have 21 books checked out at the moment. This is a record low for us, but I am a little tired of never reading the same book again. Here are some favorites of this week. I marked the books that Smarty read on her own (with me listening in) as independent reading.
Independent reading. This book and two more from the same series (Good Night, Good Knight, and Happy Birthday, Good Knight) was the star of independent reading this week. Both Smarty and I really enjoyed the series, especially considering our recent focus on knights. Get Well, Good Knight is especially cute and funny, but you need to read Good Night, Good Knight first, because it “defines the world”. The only “con” is that the books are quite long for new readers, but Smarty read each of them in one sitting – she has no problems with “reading endurance”, if she is interested in the story.
Every time we go to the library I am getting at least one book from My First Little House Books series. Smarty especially enjoyed Christmas in the Big Woods and selected it as her “reading in bed” book. I am trying to keep the books more or less in order, so we are still in Wisconsin. She answers comprehension questions correctly, but she doesn’t ask any questions herself about these books. What’s interesting is that from time to time she starts quoting from them almost word by word, so I am sure she is digesting them in her mind.
Welcome to Our Wonderland has reviewed another pony book by Susan Jeffers recently, and I was interested to get it. Smarty has never expressed any interest in horses before, but requested this book several times and read it by herself as well. It’s a beautifully illustrated story about a young girl’s dreams and power of her imagination. We are going to get My Chincoteague Pony next time we are in the library, since this one was so successful.
Independent reading. I know that I already reviewed this book at least twice before, but it’s still the most frequently read book of our home collection. This week Smarty was all over it again, probably because three of the stories deal with doctors and dentists. It’s another book that I always find in her bed when I come to check on her in before going to bed myself. Luckily, we have hardcover edition, because I think paperback would be “loved to pieces” by now.