This week we read an eclectic collection – some books that Smarty chose from library shelves, some that I chose for the science topic of “germs”, dinosaur books, books about France and everything in between.
I 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 Smarty 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 Smarty’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 :)
Independent reading. It was Smarty’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. Smarty, 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.
Independent reading. This was another one of books that Smarty 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’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.