Saturday, May 22, 2010

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.
Get Well Good Knight
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.
Christmas in the Big Woods
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.
My Pony
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.
First experiences
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.


Fairion said...

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.

hehehe that is just so the opposite of here. Froggy goes back to the same books over and over no matter how many I check out. Once I convince her to read a new book she will come back to it but it takes her forver to warm up to one.

I am rushing off to try My Chincoteague Pony and Good Night, Good Knight

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Good Night, Good Knight looks familiar, but I can't remember if we've read it before. Maybe I'll grab it while the little ones are still interested in castles. I was planning on searching out a couple of my favorite old fairy tales today, anyway.

We're at a record high for library books right now - I have to return a few, before we lose track of them all :)

Debbie said...

All these sound great! Christmas in the Big Woods is the only book I have seen at our library in the My First Little House Books series. I keep forgetting to see if there might be others at some of the other libraries. Thank you for the reminder, I am going to do that now.

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

I haven't tried the Little House books yet--wasn't sure if she would be into them--but since Anna likes them, I think I might try!

Christy said...

Thanks for more great books for me to request from the library. We have read Get Well, Good Knight and enjoyed it so I will have to find more books from that series.

Aging Mommy said...

My daughter goes through phases of being interested in her books followed by long phases of not. I was such a book worm as a child but she I think is not going to be so.

Ticia said...

I think we might have Good night, Good Knight on my bookshelves for when they got a little older. I'll have to check and see.
I love Chincoteague, I went there as a kid because I had read all of the Marguerite Henry books on that island, and it is SOOOOOOOOO cool. A fun book for a read aloud for her would be "Misty of Chincoteague," or if you can find the movie she might enjoy that.

Anonymous said...

The Little House books are one of the reasons that I'm sad that I don't have a daughter. There are certain books that I've wanted to pass along that I likely won't get to.

I'll have to see if I can find the Knight ones.

The girl who painted trees said...

We have read all the Little House Books from our library. Unfortunately they are missing some. Bear LOVES them so much. She wants them over and over. I can't wait until we can read the chapter book version. We tried 6 months ago when we first started the picture book version, but they were a little too descriptive at the time and Bear, although she sits still for very long stories, lost interest.

Brimful Curiosities said...

You know we love those Little House books, especially the ones set in WI! One of my friends owns horses and has invited the kids over to see them. We will need to look up that pony book.

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

I'm really intrigued by that book of first experiences... B really does better when we use books to prepare. I'm going to add this one to the birthday list.

Amy said...

These look like great picks, especially for independent readers.

Thanks for linking up to Read Aloud Thursday!