Saturday, June 19, 2010

We read some great books this week due to generosity of Tiger Tales publishing house and to our visit to the library. Here are the best picks.

The Fairy Ball

I was not at all surprised that The Fairy Ball was a solid leader this week. This book came in Tiger Tales package together with another adorable book from the same series –The Birthday Party. Both books are beautifully illustrated, but The Fairy Ball is absolutely problem-free while in the other book the birthday picnic gets rained upon. I think I mentioned before that my daughter loves everything to be problem-free, and I also don’t think that we ever read such a lovely fairy story before. I highly recommend both books and my opinion is not biased by the fact that we received them for review from Tiger Tales.

This Little Piggy

I admit that I was surprised by Anna’s second favorite from Tiger Tales package. When I thought this book, I felt sorry that we didn’t have it two years ago when she was one. It contains all the popular action rhymes (I am a little teapot, Itsy-bitsy spider, etc.) and it’s beautifully illustrated. I thought, however, that my 3.5 year old is “too old” to like this book. I was obviously wrong, since she brings it with her to bed every night and sings the rhymes to her baby doll.

And Shira Imagined

Before leaving for my UK and Israel visit I brought home And Shira Imagined from the library. This book was recommended by Fairion at Lionden Landing. We both enjoyed it a lot. I liked the format of the book – how the pages split between something that happens in modern Israel and something that happens in Shira’s imagination. It also has a very neat twist in the end. Even before I left Anna read it several times on her own, and now, I hope, she can imagine her own scenes with me in them :)

T Math

Tyrannosaurus Math was recommended by Almost Unschoolers – it nicely weaves Anna’s favorite dinosaur into a math story. Some of the math is too advanced for a 3 year old, but Anna liked the ending of the story that showed T Math finding practical application for his math skills. The book doesn’t mince words about T Math and his family gobbling up other dinosaurs, but for some reason Anna is always rooting for meat eaters in the books and movies that we watch.

What are your children reading? Please link up and share. By the way, a giveaway from CSN stores is coming up, and you can get an extra chance to win by participating in WMCIR linky this and next week. The linky is open all week.

8 comments:

Christy said...

The books you read this week sound great. We requested a few of the math books from that post over at Almost Unschoolers too. We are just waiting for them to arrive via interlibrary loan. It's a good thing that interlibrary loan is free in our library system because we are ALWAYS requesting books!

Pathfinder Mom said...

We borrowed T. Math from the library some time ago and never got to read it. We'll have to check it out again.

On the nursery rhyme thing - I've been surprised to find them on several Kindergarten assessments. I also view them as mostly a baby thing, but TB has a book of them that he likes at night as well.

The girl who painted trees said...

Bear would love the first two you reviewed. She still loves nursery rhymes.

Debbie said...

Selena sings nursery rhymes every night to her stuffed animals. Children usually never forget the little nursery rhymes. I love the sound of Bella!

Joyful Learner said...

We used to read a lot of nursery rhymes and JC would have some memorized when she was younger. We need to revisit them as it's been some time since we read them!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'm glad T-Math didn't scare Anna. I thought it was funny how matter of fact his eating the other dinosaurs was :)

Mom and Kiddo said...

Tyr. Math looks like something that would be enjoyed around here....

Aging Mommy said...

We have not read any books this week - just done our usual dancing, swimming and art fest. I think I might have to just start reading children's books on my own, as I do so love them :-)