This week marked the first advent, first day of December and beginning of Hanukkah. We have a lot of holiday books stashed in our own library and also borrowed from a public library, but we also read some good non-holiday books this week.
It’s a Miracle
was very popular with Smarty this week. It’s a long book that features one story for each night of Hanukkah. Each story is told by grandma of a main character and, as it turns out in the end, almost all the stories are true and related to one of the members of his extended family. We both loved the book, and Smarty read it to herself every single night since we got it. She was also very excited when we let her light Hanukkah candles almost on her own, and she assumed the title of an official candle lighter of Hanukkah.
Wake Up House! by Dee Lillegard is a book of short poems (each no more than 4 lines) about various things found in the house – a stove, a refrigerator, a sink, a clock, even a bathroom floor. Illustrations by Don Carter are beautiful and appear three-dimensional. This is a great way to make young children to look at ordinary things with fresh eyes and attempt to compose their own poetry. Some words were a little… advanced, but overall both Smarty and I give this book 5 stars.
I was thinking that Smarty will be interested in a snowman craft earlier this week (she wasn’t), so I picked up the only remaining snowman book in our library – The Biggest Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler. It was a big hit for our California girl who has never seen real snow, since it kind of explains the process of making a snowman. Now Smarty is even more determined to see snow this winter. I thought that the family dynamics was a little weird where big sisters were allowed to bully their younger sister, but Smarty didn’t pick up on it.
We continue to work through Houghton Muffin Reading program, and our topic this week was Animal Adventures. Smarty read through several books recommended for the 1st grade. Imagine You Are a Tiger was her favorite. I kept thinking that the text structure sounds familiar and then I realized that we own I am a Tyrannosaurus by the same author Karen Wallace. I think young naturalists will like the book, especially the ones who don’t mind reading about animals eating other animals. This book doesn’t mince words about it, but the illustrations by Peter Melnyczuk are not explicit and quite beautiful.