Saturday, July 17, 2010


It was a mixed reading week. We went to the library twice this week – once my husband went with Anna and once I went on my own because some books were due. Only one book emerged as a clear winner for Anna and earned a coveted spot in her bed. Our joint opinions were mixed on others, so it was difficult to choose the books to highlight in this post. Some of our picks were clearly intended for older kids, so I will focus on the books that were more age-appropriate for preschoolers.
The Blabber Report
In the “subject matter” area The Blabber Report is the book for older kids, but Anna really enjoyed the story even without understanding all the details. It was an interesting introduction to the concept of “structured narration” for her. In the book all students have to give oral reports on the book of their choice and a talkative Blabber is suddenly terrified because so much is at stake – a cheese cookie party for all students! I liked how the author made the challenge appear difficult, but not “scary” – just the right combination of thrill and suspense for my sensitive daughter.
A visitor for bear
Both my husband and I loved A Visitor for Bearwe found the story of a grumpy bear and a persistent mouse very endearing. Unfortunately, our daughter didn’t share this opinion. She thought that Bear was mean to Mouse, and she really doesn’t like the books where characters are naughty even when they “turn around” in the end. It did open up a good discussion about how we want to treat guests in our house.
How do dinosaurs say I love you
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You is a book from our own library. Anna was not impressed with it when she got it for Christmas, but was a lot more interested in it lately. The illustrations are done in the same style as other How Do Dinosaurs… books, but the story pattern is different. Anna likes to read the story on her own and to inspect all the dinosaurs – she is still very interested in them.

A Hunting We Will GoI really like illustrations of Steven Kellogg, and in this book both me and Anna enjoyed not just an interesting twist on a traditional song, but also all the artwork. I noticed that sometimes Anna is a bit put off by very elaborate illustrations of Kellogg or Jan Brett, because they tend to mix “real world” and “fantasy world” together, but she is warming up to them lately and likes to study them on her own. I wish I were a better singer, because I found the altered story difficult to sing and switched back to just reading it.
What are your children reading? Join us in the blog hop and share your picks. The linky is open all week.

9 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I really enjoy singing books to the kids (they are the only ones I sing to) - I'm going to look for that last one.

Christy said...

I love books that are meant to be sung. R does not though; she always asks me to just read the book. I am a fan of Steven Kellogg's work.

The girl who painted trees said...

Oh, we had A Visitor for Bear a while back. I think it may be in a draft post. Bear loved it!

Debbie said...

I am going to look for A Visitor for Bear, and of course the last one. We love singing books!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

We've read that Kellog book and also loved it! I'll have to look for the mouse and bear one, it sounds like one Matthew would enjoy.

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Gabriele said...

Oh visitor bear sounds cute! We will have to keep an eye out for that one! L also likes 'singing' type books, but he didn't used to! Great choices :D

Pathfinder Mom said...

I've been curious about that Dinosaur series - I think we'll have to give them a try.

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

The visitor book sounds intriguing, though B doesn't care much for misbehaving characters either. Will look up the Kellogg book next time at the library. I like to sing, even if B doesn't always appreciate it.