Saturday, August 28, 2010

It was a vacation week, but we still read a lot of good books. Here are some of our favorites.

Beaver's Lodge

Beaver’s Lodge is another fiction book about beavers. It’s translated with German, and I was a little surprised to see how in the beginning of the book beaver gets injured and the picture on the page was showing blood flowing from his wounds. His friends then take over and build him a new home while he recovers. We try to impress on our daughter that it helps to plan what she wants to do first and prepare for her project, and this book has a nice lesson in planning. It inspired Anna to draw several elaborate “floor plans” on her magnetic board.

Ruby Bakes a Cake

Ruby Bakes a Cake was Anna’s favorite for independent reading this week. She also made both me and my husband read this book to her, because she finds it hilarious. In the book Ruby the Raccoon plans to bake a cake and asks her various animal friends for ingredients. She also invites them all to share it when the cake is ready. Was the cake with carrot tops, worms, flies, snails and nuts tasty? Well, Ruby’s friends found something to praise giving a lesson in graciousness and good manners.

Mermaids Purse

Anna got The Mermaid’s Purse as a present from JC when they met on Monday. She also got a very beautiful picture. Both presents were placed on her night shelf, and I found both the book and the picture in her bed several time this week. It’s a clever counting book, and Anna particularly liked all the reasons the oyster was rejecting Mermaid’s offers. There is also an interesting “bonus page” talking about imaginary and real fish with funny names (for example, angel fish). It was pretty interesting to see some of those fish live in Monterey Aquarium this week. 

Panda Bear Polar Bear

Panda & Polar Bear is a delightful fictional story about two bears that are separated by a big cliff. Eventually a polar bear up on a cliff gets too curious and falls down into a panda bear’s land. It’s a story of friendship and of finding solutions to difficult problems. Anna asked me if China is really that close to the North Pole, and I had to explain to her that the story is “make-believe”. We also used an opportunity to talk about the similarities and differences between those bears.

On the same day in March  My “”honorable mention” book this week is On the Same Day in March. Anna liked it OK, but didn’t read it as much as I expected her to and didn’t ask me to reread it to her. It’s a pretty clever introduction of different weather patterns on the same day in March (a spring equinox day) in different parts of the world. The pictures are nice, but the text is uneven. It almost looks like an author planned to make it a rhymed text in the beginning, but changed her mind pretty quickly. Still it is a good read for “world geography” unit.

What are your children reading this week. Link up and share – the linky is open all week.

10 comments:

Annette W. said...

We love Ruby Bakes a Cake, too! (FYI, she is part of a series.) It's so funny...and the friends show such kindness!

Julie said...

Cute books! I think C would like On the Same Day in March. I'll have to check it out.

TheRockerMom said...

I'll have to check to see if our library has "On the Same Day in March." Thanks for sharing!

Ticia said...

I think all of those would be big hits. You do much better than I do at reading books with them on vacation.

Christy said...

I have to look for these books. Thanks.

Holly said...

I think my 4-year-old will like the Ruby book. I'll have to check it out.

Debbie said...

All of these books sound great. We did some of our best reading over our vacation. Hope you all have had a good week!

Infant Bibliophile said...

I'll be linking up later today (I'm in a coffee shop blogging - how did I manage this? It is heaven - and I don't have the title of the second book I want to mention with me). I've been so out of the weekly memes loop, but I am hoping that as I organize his learning activities a bit more that we will be able to participate. At least, I am going to try!

MaryAnne said...

All of these sound interesting. I think Emma might especially like "The Mermaid's Purse"

My Family My Forever said...

Panda and Polar Bear sounds like one we would really enjoy here. Again, I love getting new book titles through this linky each week--thank you!