Saturday, August 7, 2010

We had a great reading week. I brought home a lot of books recommended by kindegarten reading list (family theme), and Anna enjoyed all of them. One book that entirely bombed for us was Skippyjon Jones (not on the list). Anna was horrified by this misbehaving cat and asked me to stop reading after about 5 pages. We were reading it in the bookstore, so she didn’t have a chance to get to know the book better. I think it’s a fun book, so we’ll try it again later. Now on to the winners! All of them were read together first and independently later.

Rabbit Food

Anna loved Rabbit Food and kept it in her bed all week refusing to let it go. It’s a fun story about “reeducating” a picky rabbit and teaching him to eat veggies. It also makes a subtle point – adults are not always “spotless” in their own eating habits. I liked the strategy used in this book – keep children active and hungry, and they will eat whatever is put on their plates. We have to use this trick more often here.

Ten out of bed

I saw Ten Out of Bed on the library shelf and illustrations caught my eye. It’s a counting backwards story in its format, and the story line is pretty simple. A little boy plays different games with his stuffed animals until eventually all of them are asleep. The beauty of the book in its detailed illustrations, and it also gave Anna new ideas for her own games to play instead napping. Her favorite page was a dancing page where everyone was wearing very elaborate tutus.Panda Kindergarten

I wanted to get Panda Kindergarten for our China unit some time ago, but it was not available. That’s why I was excited to see it on the display shelf of the library and brought it home. It’s a fact-based book illustrated by photos taken in Wolong Natural Reserve. Anna enjoyed the pictures of cute panda cubs, and we both learned a thing or two about what’s being done in an attempt to save these majestic animals from extinction.

Five Little Monkeys Shopping

Somehow we have almost missed Five Little Monkeys series by Eileen Christelow. It would have been a shame, because Anna loved Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping. She rarely laughs at the humor in books, but this time she was giggling uncontrollably while I was reading the story. I was impressed by the story line, by the illustrations and by how this book incorporates simple addition and subtraction into the story. We will definitely keep reading these series for weeks to come :)

What are your children reading? Link up and share – this blog hop is open all week!

14 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

Panda cubs are irresistible. Seriously irresistible.

Fairion said...

Panda Kindergarten sounds fantastic. It is going on my must read list. We love the five little monkey series here too.

Christy said...

We love the five little monkeys. My kids think Skippyjon Jones is funny but I'm not really a fan.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I wonder if I could use the Rabbit Food book on the Man of the House?

Ticia said...

The lady at the bookstore was raving about Skippyjon Jones, and I've been on the fence about getting it.

My kids LOVE all of the Five Little Monkeys books.

MieVee @ MummysReviews.com said...

Thank you for the blog hop. It's fun hopping! :)

My Family My Forever said...

Rabbit Food sounds like one we'd like here.

We LOVE the Five Little Monkeys series. I am enjoying it with Jack now--we currently have the one about Hide and Seek.

I have to admit--Joe, Jamie and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Skippyjon Jones books and laugh hysterically while reading them. I know, you can be shocked:-).

Thanks for sharing more great books!! I find lots of great titles through this linky each week.

MaryAnne said...

All of your books this week sound great to me! I'll have to see which ones my library has available...

April said...

I am a part time substitute teacher and the kids that I sub for ALWAYS love Skippyjon Jones. My daughter loves the books that we have in the Eileen Christelow series (jumping on the bed, wash the car, and climbing in a tree). The ten out of bed looks great, I am going to check it out.

黃子黃麗旺軒 said...

Make hay while the sun shines...................................................

AshHadAns said...

My little girls LOVE Skippyjon Jones! We read them all the time and they can sing some of the songs along with me.
I recommend it to everyone!

Jenny said...

Abby likes the 5 Little Monkey books also. I haven't heard of this one yet!

Pathfinder Mom said...

I find it interesting that Anna stops and expels books. Does she do this with other items as well?

Jackie H. said...

Love the 5 little monkeys. My 2 yo is really in to counting backwards right now (mostly bc he's obsessed with rocket ships). We'll have to check out the 10 out of bed book. We don't have that. Thanks for sharing your great lists!