Saturday, November 13, 2010

I wonder how it is that I returned a bunch of books to the library, and we still have 44 library books at home. Hmm… Anyway, we had a great reading week between shared reading and independent reading. And, by the way, we are still listening to Little House on the Prairie audio book in the car, I think we are on pass #3 by now. We are off to look for aliens

Anna has been fascinated with aliens lately, and when I stumbled upon We Are Off to Look For Aliens by Colin McNaughton in the library, I picked it up. I was attracted by unusual format of the book where one story arch is replaced by “an insert story” in the middle and then finished in the end with a delightful twist. I was worried that Anna might find the book a bit scary, but she just thought that it’s funny and read it many times to herself. The inside story can also be sung for those who are able and willing to do so.

The great race

This space theme was picked up by The Great Race by Dawn Casey, which was also very popular this week. It’s a legend of how Chinese calendar came about to be. I was very disappointed with the moral of the story – how the cunning and backstabbing Rat was rewarded for winning the race. I had some discussion with Anna that we don’t want to win contests at any cost, but this book seems to send the opposite message. Outside of this, the story is pretty interesting and we might revisit it when we do another stop in China for our country studies (probably around their New Year).

Ugly Vegetables

I guess I am having “Apples to Apples” post today, since Chinese theme from The Great Race carried over to The Ugly Vegetables. I didn’t mean it to happen, but I am glad that our favorites of the week are somehow connected. It’s a book about the family planting Chinese vegetables in a suburban neighborhood while all the neighbors are planting flowers. I am tempted to make a trip with Anna to one of our Chinese grocery stores and look some of those veggies up. Very nice book!

Fathers MothersI always try to find good poetry books for Anna to read once in a while. This collection of family poems by Mary Ann Hoberman is very nice, because it also focuses on the subject every child can understand – families. I only had a chance to read a handful of poems and then Anna took it to her bed. She sometimes quotes from it, so I assume that she is reading the book every night before falling asleep. I wonder what she is thinking of “An Only Child” poem. It lists all the good and bad things about being an only one. I felt that this poem focused too much on negatives, but Anna didn’t say anything. Perhaps she will bring it up out of the blue a couple of weeks later – it happens quite often with some of our books.

What are your children reading? Please link up and share – this blog hop is open all week.


AshHadAns said...

44 books! Wow! We usually have 15-20 and have to go back every few days for more. One time I had a stack of over 20 and the girl checking them out gave me a dirty look and mumbled under her breath about the amount so ever since them I'm to scared to check very many out. :(

MaryAnne said...

That poetry book sounds interesting, although it's a shame it focused so much on the negatives for only children.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Our poor librarians have to call, everytime a book arrives in for someone from a partner library - they call our house daily, and often twice daily.

It's Thanksgiving by Jack Prelutsky is a great I Can Read! level 3 - poetry book.

Debbie said...

I couldn't imagine having that many books checked out at once, but then it would be hard to find that many books at one time in our library. I guess if you wanted to count the number of books at home and the number I put on hold and have wait on we would probably be close to 20.

Joyful Learner said...

I used to go over the limit (50) and it was a little embarrassing so I've learned to cut down a bit. It has helped to manage the books but we missed library this week and already, my huaband says,"We already read everything!" and I replied,"Then read them again!" Nevermind that we have a complete classroom library at home! I think he thinks new books fall from the sky. It's time for me to send him to the library! Lol.

I have the family poetry book. I like the collection. Just recently, JC had a new thought. She said she wanted a brother and a sister as well as a dog. It used to be just the dog but she realized how much fun it was playing with the kids I babysit. Ignorance is bliss...

Charlene said...

I owe 2.60 in fees at one library because I borrowed so many and ended up sick when I had to return them, so I ended up with that fine. Not too much in the grand scheme of things, but still.

I'm just grateful that we have two libraries to go to in our town, there's the college one too, but they don't have children's book ;)

I just bought two books last night for Nathan at the book store. The store is a bargain books store, they don't have much selection of kids books, but you can still find some good deals.

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Ticia said...

You'll have a blast when you go to you local asian market, my kids thought it was the coolest thing.

Tracey M. said...

Her fascination with aliens is cute. My son is into monsters lately (since before Halloween) and he too thinks they're funny instead of scary. I'm so glad.

And we must be really extreme because lately we've been hitting our 100 book limit at the library! It sounds nuts but I have three large bins of books in the house and I usually fill them. We can renew our books & have them for 3 I end up with a mini-library we rotate from. Without much of a book collection of our own this does well.

fejehome said...
Your stack of books sounds just like us! We are so lucky because our library lets us check out 50 books on each card (and we have 4 cards in our family)! We always check out loads of books.

Your quote from Vernon Howard caught my eye as our book of the week led to some unexpected math investigations. I love learning!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Joe would LOVE this alien book! I hope our library has it--thanks!