Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pooh and Roo

I noticed that when Anna is cranky and not feeling well, she chooses her own “comfort books”. Usually they are books from her baby days – flap books, vocabulary books and a Disney set of Winnie the Pooh stories that she got from my parents somewhere around her first birthday. She claimed this week that Pooh and Roo was her favorite book to read, and she also slept with it. It’s a cute story about Roo throwing a surprise birthday party for Pooh – I can see why she finds this story “just right” for her tired and feverish brain.

Fancy Nancy

We tried Fancy Nancy books in the past, but Anna was not very interested in them. But during the last library book sale I got our own copy of the first book and presented it to Anna after we got back from our vacation. She wanted me to read it to her several times and was suddenly very interested in “being fancy”. She was studying the pictures of “fancy” and “plain” objects very carefully and said wistfully several times, “I wish I were fancy”. Well, honey, this actually requires effort, doesn’t it?

Jacob Tree

We got Jacob’s Tree in the library before going on vacation, and Anna enjoyed it a lot this week as well. She read it by herself, and we read it together as well. I highly recommend this book – it can also be used for those who like Five in a Row approach. Seasons changes, measurements, family relationships and a value of patience – it’s all there, and the illustrations are quite beautiful as well. One of the first things Anna did when we came back home is running to her growth chart to see if she grew while she was away.

What happened to Patrick DinosaursFor kids who are not happy with “dinosaurs died out” scenario this book offers an excellent alternative. I also got it at the library book sale. I just found out looking at Amazon site that it’s actually the middle book in the series of three, and I will definitely look for other two, but the story stands well by itself, and the illustrations are extremely engaging. I have to admit that I enjoyed it more than Anna, because she kept telling me throughout the whole book that dinosaurs did die out and they cannot come back to eat us.

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14 comments:

Fairion said...

It is so cute that Fancy Nancy is on both lists.

The Dinosaur book looks intriguing. We added the first in the series too our library request list. I think it will be a neat addition to our dinosaur unit.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Oh, I think Emily would love that dinosaur book (and I probably would too). Thanks for the heads-up! How funny that Anna took such a sudden interest in Fancy Nancy -- so cute!!

Cara said...

My son has got a few comfort books too, especially the books in the Llama Llama series and his truck books.

The Jacob's Tree book sounds neat. I've been reading about the Five in a Row approach and thinking about giving it a try.

Debbie said...

That is cute that Anna wants to be fancy! Now you need to get her some fancy dress up clothes and let her explore! I will have to look into the dinosaur book and see what Selena thinks about it.

Christy said...

Anna is so cute! Reagan loves Fancy Nancy and loves to be fancy!

I'll have to check out the other books.

Ticia said...

I think I have one of the books in that dinosaur series, and it is super cute.
I'll agree with Anna, it'd be nice to be fancy without the effort. I'm just not willing to put the effort into getting all dressed up.

Julie said...

Jacob's Tree sounds really cute. And glad to hear she likes Fancy Nancy now. Hopefully Anna won't get into getting dressed up as much as Fancy Nancy, but it will be interesting to see if she starts doing it a little more now.

MaryAnne said...

That dinosaur book sounds great, I'll have to see if our library has it! I'm not sure I want Emma to discover the Fancy Nancy books - she's very into being fancy as is!

Joyful Learner said...

I would love to see Anna all dressed up!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Did I leave a comment already? I thought I did, but maybe I got interupted...anyway, I think Anna would make a very fine Fancy Anna - but you'll really have to pick up some boas :)

Diana said...

If only it weren't so much effort to be fancy... In an all-boy house I don't get much excuse to read the more girl-y books. I love Fancy Nancy, even if my boys don't appreciate her like I do! They do love all the fancy words that she uses however.

Pathfinder Mom said...

I love Fancy Nancy - with they had a boy version!

Crunchy and Green said...

That Jacob's Tree book looks great, it's now on my list to find. As much as my M loves to play dress-up and princesses, she isn't really into Fancy Nancy, no idea why not. It'll be interesting to see if Anna wants to do more "fancy" dress-up play like Nancy now.

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

We love Jacob's Tree here too - B's latest check of his growth chart was the end of the day on his birthday - surely you grow when you have a birthday, right? My post this week is about B's version of fancy: dress-up play.