Saturday, November 20, 2010

Every week we have some books that Anna reads on her own and some that we read together. Some of them are picture books, some are easy readers. A lot of picture books have a much richer vocabulary than average easy reader chapter books that we tried, and Anna still likes bright pictures and big letters of picture books much better than “boring” chapter books. She is also listening to the audio version of Charlotte’s Web in the car (she asked to listen to the book again as soon as she finished the first pass). She was able to retell the story to me fairly well (I only listened to a couple of chapters since she mostly spends time in the car when I am at work and she is traveling with papa to run errands or to meet friends for playdates). I was worried that she will be upset by the ending, but she seemed to take it in stride and was talking excitedly of Charlotte’s babies and how Wilbur will be raising them.

Dinosaur Potty

Clearly as any other child her age, Anna fell prey to potty humor. She thought that Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea was the funniest book ever. After asking me 10 times in a row what “vs.” means, she started to role play this book and practice her potty dance. She found the story absolutely hilarious, while I found it brightly illustrated and amusing, especially after watching Anna’s take on it. Younger kids (2+) will like this book as well.

I am a T Rex

In general I am not a big fan of books that retell TV shows. Unfortunately, Anna begs to differ. She grabbed this I Am a T-Rex book from the library shelf and made both me and my husband read it multiple times. Obviously, it’s the story from the Dinosaur Train show which, ironically, she doesn’t want to watch considering it “too scary”. Now she is convinced that T Rex was yellow with purple spots – ugh! Not my favorite of the week.

How Rocket Learned to Read

This is one book in this review where Anna and I wholeheartedly agreed – we loved it. How Rocket Learned to Read is written by one of our favorite authors and illustrators Tad Hill. It is funny and touching at the same time. It also rings true for me – sometimes a well selected book and a good teacher can do amazing things for the most reluctant student. Illustrations are beautiful too. I highly recommend this book.

Earthsong

We disagreed again on Earthsong by Sally Rogers. I couldn’t make this song work either as a song or as a rhyme, and I also couldn’t quite understand the random order of numbers used in the text. Anna, on the other hand, kept sleeping with this book and refused to return it to the library for the third week in a row (I had to renew it). Each spread has one endangered species, and I think Anna was attracted by the illustrations of mother/babies animals. She did have a lot of questions on the text but was not interested in the last page that gave a summary information on endangered species from the book.

I took a walk

“Honorable mention” goes to I Took A Walk by Henry Cole. The text of the book is pretty simple, but there are four habitats featured in the book – forest, meadow, creek and pond. Each habitat is like a “look-and-find” picture, but it’s not terribly busy. In the end of the book there is a visual clue showing each creature in each picture. It was very useful for me, since I couldn’t identify some of the insects correctly. Anna was very interested in the book, but she only read it with me.

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

16 comments:

littlewondersdays said...

Wonderful book reviews. We're in the thick of potty training here. I'm going to look for the Dinosaur vs the Potty, it sounds like it might help.

Joyful Learner said...

How Rocket Learned to Read sounds interesting to me and I Take a Walk. JC was big on potty humor last year but haven't heard her laugh over those things this year. Hmm. Maybe I'll try that book and see if she reacts. I love to see children laugh when reading. It shows me they are connecting. JC still burst out laughing while liatening to MTH...it's not necessarily a funny book but I think she finds Jack and Annie to be humous. We also just discovered Moongobble series and she laughs at the silly funny parts! Another funny bone tickler this week was Morris and Boris Tell Riddles. I'm surprised JC loves chapter books (I think it makes her feel grown up) because I had a hard time transitioning because I loved picture books so much as a kid! We still read a steady stream of picture books that are easy and challenging.

Joyful Learner said...

Once again sorry for the typos.

MaryAnne said...

I bet Johnny would find Dinosaur vs the potty hilarious.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I don't know - yellow and green with spots, sounds about as likely as some of the other "scientific" guesses out there.

At one dino museum we went to, they showed fossilized impressions of the skin they had used to cover their model - but when we read further, we realized it wasn't the skin of that dinosaur - but they figured one dino probably looked like all the rest, and so borrowed the look for their model.

I know what you mean though, we don't always like spin off books - with the exception of Magic School Bus.

Christy said...

My kids love books from TV shows too. Most of them drive me crazy, but I do like a lot of the books that were books before becoming TV shows like Martha Speaks and Arthur.

Debbie said...

The only books that are spin offs of TV shows that Selena enjoys is Curious George. Though Selena likes Dinosaur Train.

How Rocket Learned to Read sounds like a good book, I will have to look for that one.

Thankfully Selena never really got into the potty books, well the one but it was a very sweet potty book.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

How Rocket Learned to Read sounds like a very sweet book - I'm going to see if our library has it. I have a copy of Charlotte's Web for Matthew too, but I just don't think he's ready for it, he's such a soft-hearted little guy. I do love the story though - good for Anna for being so positive about the ending! I took a walk sounds like one we'd like too.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Well, I was thinking that I would write a post about Kiddo's new series books for your blog hop, but I just can't get it together. Maybe next week! :)

LitLass said...

We love How Rocket Learned to Read. Dinosaur vs. the Potty sounds cute.

Infant Bibliophile said...

We liked How Rocket Learned to Read too. Maybe we should get Dinosaur vs the Potty. We need to demystify the potty a bit, as we've just put potty training on hold for awhile.

Julie said...

Great reviews this week. I just went to my library website and requested How Rocket Learned to Read and Dinosaur vs. the Potty. M is one kid who will hold it all day if we let her! Maybe this will help.

Aging Mommy said...

I shall have to find that Dinosaur book as we have someone around here obsessed with potty humor too!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I'm adding Dinosaur vs the Potty and How Rocket Learned to Read to our library this for the week -- thanks for the recommendations!

I never knew there was a book series for Dinosaur Train... We've enjoyed Charlie and Lola books, Curious George, and Clifford, but I think they were all books before they were tv shows.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I am going to try and check out this book about Rocket learning how to read...Thanks!

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said...

We love the DInosaur books! We have Dinosaur vs. Bedtime! :)