We had time to stop in the library on Saturday and get some new books. For whatever reason Smarty chose two of Easter books – I hope they will be as readily available during Easter time. One book that is still going very strong from our previous weeks is I Live in Tokyo along with Little Travelers Japan DVD. Smarty refuses to return both of them to the library, and I renewed them to keep for longer.
Emily’s First 100 Days of School was a hands-down winner for the week. This book would be a good candidate for some sort of unit study, since it has so many ideas worth developing further – music, geography, charity, baking, etc. Smarty was entertained to see a minor reference to Felix from another series by Rosemary Wells – Felix Feels Better was another one of her favorite books lately. I admit that I only got through the book once from start to finish, since it is very long and better suited for several reading sessions.
Our study on Hoover Dam yielded one great fiction book on beavers called Get Busy, Beaver! Both Smarty and I enjoyed the story of a dreamy beaver that is focusing on beautiful things in his life and eventually create some of the beauty on his own. I also think that the book contains an important message for both children and adults – the desire to “build-build-build fast-fast-fast” sometimes makes us miss the beauty of the moment. We all need to stop and smell the roses once in a while.
I was somewhat surprised that Smarty developed quite a liking for Which Shoes Would You Choose?. It’s very colorful, but more appropriate both in text and in subject matter (choosing proper shoes for different activities) for a younger audience. However, it’s not the first time when she chooses “a comfort book” for independent reading – she usually studies them in great detail and (I hope) also learns how to spell certain words.
Our opinions were split on Hugging Hour. I didn’t like that the main character was feeling “orphaned” because she is left overnight with grandma. I sort of understand her feelings seeing how she is mostly left to her own devices with a chicken for company. On the other hand, Smarty liked the book, because grandmother cooks yummy treats for the girl and then her parents come back. Well, she is going to have her personal hugging hour (or rather hugging days) with her own grandma and grandpa pretty soon too.