Saturday, May 29, 2010

This week we read an eclectic collection – some books that Anna chose from library shelves, some that I chose for the science topic of “germs”, dinosaur books, books about France and everything in between.

Countdown to Grandma's HouseI got this book at the library book sale and set it aside knowing that we are going to go to grandma in the end of May. Now I pulled it out of my secret stash, and Anna enjoyed the story a lot. It has a counting component, but the story doesn’t make a big fuss about it. Now I have to take this book with us and show it to my mom – I am afraid Anna’s expectations are seriously inflated after reading all the fun things that the girl in the book plans to do with her (very young looking) grandma. I am confident though that Babushka will meet and exceed them :)

Ziggy PiggyIndependent reading. It was Anna’s choice from the library, and even though we like Frank Asch, I was not thrilled with this book. In the story it’s not the most hard-working brother who saves the day – it’s the fourth lazy brother who builds no house at all. Anna, however, quite liked the book. My guess is that she liked it because the illustrations were not very threatening – she didn’t think that the wolf will really eat those pigs. Anyway, it might be an interesting book if you want to compare and contrast several versions of Three Little Pigs against each other.

The super hungry dinosaur

Independent reading. This was another one of books that Anna chose herself, and it was a good choice. It also showed me how she grew in some ways lately – just very recently she would have deemed this book “too scary”. Now she could appreciate the humor and was happily reading the book many time to anyone who was willing to listen. By the way, it’s written by another of our favorite authors – Martin Waddell.

David Drawings

David’s Drawings was my own favorite from the books we read this week. I liked both the illustrations and the story that looks simple, but can bring some interesting discussions with older children. In the book one boys starts the drawing, and his classmates “improve” on his drawing by adding different things until it becomes “class drawing”. In the end of the book he does create his own version at home. I was thinking of using this book for StArt and making a joint family picture with all of us drawing together, but we didn’t get to it this week.

What are your children reading? Please link up and share – this linky is open all week.

13 comments:

redtedart said...

ooh i love the independent reading bit you do! so far i have "dashed into the library, picked up some books and dashed out again"! Need to go with red ted and take our time and let him choose too! About time too!!!! Naughty mummy.

Have linked, not sure it worked though!

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Christy said...

More books to add to my library list! I really like the idea of David's Drawings - that sounds like fun. I'm going to recommend it to Collin's Kindergarten teacher.

Julie said...

I'm going to check out David's Drawings since my kids enjoyed doing the squiggle drawings that went along with a different book we read: Star of the Week.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The idea of a family/class drawing sound like fun - I'll have to check that one out, and see if I can inspire any little artists.

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

Thanks for the book reviews! Some good ones that I'll have to check my library for!

MaryAnne said...

That "David's Drawings" book sounds like one my kids would enjoy!

Ticia said...

David's Drawings sounds fun, and I'll have to check out the dinosaur one. That reminds me I forgot one of the favorites from the week, so I better go add that to our post.

Joyful Learner said...

JC hates when anyone writes or draws on her artwork. Grandma did that once and she got so upset, she said her drawing was ruined and threw it in the trash! I don't know if the idea of someone else "improving" on it would sit well with her.

Debbie said...

Another great week of reading in your house!

Dianna@KennedyAdventures said...

I think we'll have to check out the Countdown to Grandma'! It looks like fun!

Jenny said...

That Countdown To Grandma book sounds cute. LOL at the expectations from the book.

Pathfinder Mom said...

I'm curious about the germs/virus books that you've read this week. I've never really approached the subject with Tornado Boy and since he must TOUCH EVERYTHING - it's probably a good thing for him to know more about.