Saturday, September 4, 2010

Goldilocks and Three Bears

We read several versions of the classic Goldilocks story over years, but for some reason Anna was really interested in this newer version retold by Susanna Davidson and illustrated by Mike & Carl Gordon. The story pretty much follows the classic path, but there is a more extended introduction which makes it very clear that Goldilocks is a very naughty girl. Illustrations and the book itself are very beautifully done, and I noticed that daughter appreciates well made books more lately. Good read for all ages – starting with infant and ending with independent readers.

Pumpkin Fair

We kicked off fall reading season with The Pumpkin Fair by Eve Bunting illustrated by Eileen Christelow. It’s written in a crisp verse and describes the love of the main character for her own pumpkin. Anna sneaked the book in the car and read it for a good dozen times this week. She also looked very carefully at illustrations trying to comprehend not only actions but also emotions of various characters. I thought it’s a sweet book with a good message, but it might be a bit too long for younger toddlers.Cornelius P Mud

While Anna was lukewarm about other books by Barney Saltzberg, she loved Cornelius P. Mud series. The story is pretty simple, and the drawing reminded me of our other favorite author Todd Parr. Anna found the illustrations hilarious and enjoyed reading the books to herself after we read and talked about them together. Cornelius P Mud, Are You Ready for School also has a very neat twist in the very end of the book that I won’t reveal here. Good for all ages.

My Kindergarten

My Kindergarten is another of Rosemary Wells’ books that can serve as a teacher manual (I recommended Emily’s First 100 Days of School a couple of weeks ago.) Luckily, this book is divided into months, so we didn’t have to read it in one sitting. It’s really great in introducing many concepts, and one can do any number of mini-studies based on short stories in this book. I am thinking of buying this book for our home library.

Tell Me a Dragon

Honorable mention goes to Tell Me a Dragon. Anna was a bit tentative about it, since Dragons belong to fairy tales, and she finds all supernatural creatures scary. But the book is beautifully illustrated and in each page a girl from different culture presents “her dragon”, and they are friendly dragons. I asked Anna what her dragon would look like and after thinking about it for a minute she brightened up and said that she will have a chocolate dragon with sweet breath and chocolate kisses. And then she will eat it all up. I think her dragon is a German dragon :)

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

15 comments:

Julie said...

I'm going to check out the Cornelius P. Mud seires. We haven't read those but we love anything funny!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I'm most interested in My Kindergarten. We haven't read it yet and from your description it sounds like a book my daughter might like. I'm also sure my kids would love Tell Me a Dragon.

Christy said...

I love it when your recommended books are all books that we haven't read.

I am a fan of Rosemary Wells' books, but we haven't read this one. I know Tell Me a Dragon is a must read for my house.

Thanks!

Debbie said...

I seen My Kindergarten in the library but passed it by. I might just have to take another look next time we go. The other books sound great too.

MaryAnne said...

We're definitely going to check out that Cornelius P. Mud book! Several of the others also sound interesting =)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Oh! I want a German dragon, too :)

Holly said...

We haven't read any of these books--I think I'll look for some of them at the library today.

Infant Bibliophile said...

I was interested to hear that you like Todd Parr so much, because I don't care for his illustration style, and my son never liked it either. Maybe I should give his books another look. I do love his messages of acceptance, unconventional families, etc. I'll post and link-up later today. It's a no nap day here. :(

Lady Chadwick said...

That 'tell me a dragon" looks very fun, love the chocolate dragon!

Shannon said...

I've missed this meme. I'll have to see what F&B read this week and add ours in. Been spending so much time working on my bento blog, I've been neglecting my everything-else blog.

The girl who painted trees said...

The Cornelius series looks great. Bear didn't like My Kindergarten and begged me to return it even though I had tons of ideas for extension activities to go with it. Figures, right.

Aging Mommy said...

I like the sound of Cornelius P. Mud - I will have to look out for those books and see if I can interest my daughter in reading them. I love Anna's idea of the perfect dragon giving chocolate kisses.

Ticia said...

I want "My Dragon," with my kids current dragon mania they'd love this.

You got a couple of the authors that I used a LOT when I was teaching, it's always fun to see what others take to as well.

My Family My Forever said...

Oh, this post is FULL of books we haven't read ever! I can't wait to log in to our library and request--thank you:-)!

Lori said...

What a great link up!! This is my first time seeing it. Our family's favorite version of Goldilocks has always been Paul Galdone's, but I'll have to take a look at this newer one.