We finally settled back in the routine, and I managed to convince Smarty return mountains of library books to the library. It’s not easy since she usually wants to keep most of them. It’s a bad sign for the book if she happily sends it back to the library. Here are some of those winners that she chose to keep:
According to Smarty, this was her most favorite book of the week. I was somewhat surprised since Smarty is not really a princess type and doesn’t like to be called Princess. She always corrects the person who says this and tells him/her that she is “just Smarty”. When we read this book together, I thought that the book was cute, but it didn’t impress me as much as some other good books we read. I thought, however, that illustrations are beautiful.
We read Valentine Mice of the same author before, so I pounced on Fourth of July Mice when I saw it in the library. We were both not disappointed. The story is simple enough for Smarty to read by herself and focuses on celebration of summer and 4th of July as seen by small children… er…by mice. There is also a small side story in the book about overcoming fears and being brave. It’s Smarty’s “fall asleep with” book this week, and she can probably tell it by heart now.
We read one of Stella books by Marie Louise Gay before and enjoyed it, so I was happy to see another book on our “New Arrivals” shelf in the library. It was my personal favorite of the week, both in the level of story telling and in illustrations. I think it was a bit more confusing for Smarty, since she doesn’t remember herself as a baby, but she still enjoyed seeing the world first through the eyes of a baby and then through the eyes of a bigger girl. Again, she read this book many times on her own after we read it together.
After trying various picture book series for new readers, we finally found something that Smarty enjoys – Postcards from Buster. I like them too, because they tell interesting stories and also teach a bit of US geography. This one was about Dinosaur National Monument in Utah. My only complaint is that photos included in the book are of a very poor quality. On Thursday I borrowed home a DVD with a few episodes, and we will see if Smarty likes the movies as much as she liked the books.