Saturday, July 24, 2010

It was a nice reading week. I picked up some books based on the recommendations of WMCIR participants as well as some of our own choice, and majority was well received. One that tanked was Tinker Bell – Anna expelled it from her room, because it was too intense for her liking. But we definitely had some good picks that were enjoyed by all.

On Monday When It Rained

I sometimes pick the books from the Houghton Muffin reading list for Kindergarten, since I know that content-wise they will be age-appropriate for my daughter. That’s how I stumbled On Monday When It Rained. Essentially it’s a “feelings book” combined with “days of the week” book, and it’s illustrated with black-and-white photos. I didn’t expect much from the book, but both of us really liked it, and Anna used it as her “fall asleep with” book this week.

Who Will Be My Friends

I wanted to get Who Will Be My Friends for a while now. We got an older edition of this book in the library, and I am curious if illustrations are updated for a newer edition. Anna asked several times why the policeman in the book is carrying “a baseball bat” and what does it mean “to walk the beat”. I was a bit amused to see how Freddie goes to the park all by himself without a caretaker hovering by. The book doesn’t have a lot of text, but conveys the message that sometimes it takes a bit of courage and time to make friends – a good message for my reserved daughter.

Lines That Wiggle

Lines that Wiggle was something that popped up on Amazon when I was trying to find books on shapes, and this is one of those books that just ask for “Story+Art”. Some of the illustrations are done in glittery puffy paint, so the book has this nice sensory component to the story. The only thing that Anna did not like about the book was the fact that it’s written partially in a very fancy cursive font – it made it hard for her to read. She can read regular cursive fine, but this one was too much.

Seven Magic Shapes

Incidentally both me and Leah from Almost Unschoolers picked Three Pigs, One Wolf and Seven Magic Shapes at about the same time. She wrote about it last week and even did edible tangrams with her children. While Anna enjoyed the book, she was not really into retelling this story with tangrams. I am afraid that the phrase “And the wolf ate the pig and his cat too” was a deal breaker for her. I really liked the ending and how this story ties up with a classic story of Three Little Pigs. I think I will try this book again when she is older.

What are your children reading this week? Join and share your picks – the linky is open all week:


Mom and Kiddo said...

I like Syd Hoff, so I will have to look for that one. Plus I am a sucker for "old-fashioned" illustrations. Also the wiggle book looks good.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Syd Hoff is a favorite here, too. I have some of his books, that were already fixtures in our house when I was growing up.

I worried about the violence in the tangram story too, but my children didn't seem to mind the wolf eating everybody up - they objected more to the "magic", since that's normally taboo around here :)

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Debbie said...

I looked for Three Pigs, One Wolf and Seven Magic Shapes, but our library didn't have it. Selena doesn't seem to get to upset over pretend violence just so long as she knows it is fiction.

The girl who painted trees said...

I am so impressed that she can already read cursive. The wiggle book looks good, but of course, my library doesn't have it.

Ticia said...

You might try Grandfather Tang, it's a tangram book she might like more.

I don't think the Syd Hoff book illustrations have been updated at all as far as I know. I actually kind of like the older illustrations. They feel simpler and relaxed.

Christy said...

She can read cursive? I'm impressed. How on earth do you teach that? I just assumed my kids would learn to read cursive after they learn to write it.

I requested the pigs, wolf, shapes book when I read about it on Almost Unschoolers. It is actually waiting for me at the library. Now, I'm going to request the other books here. Thanks again!

artsy_momma said...

Lines That Wiggle sounds so cute :)

Pathfinder Mom said...

It really cracks me up that Anna banishes books that aren't to her liking.

We may have to check out that friends book, we are definitely still working on that subject in depth.