Saturday, January 15, 2011

This week we were transitioning our theme reading from Arctic to space books with some “random picks” thrown in between. We had a lot of winners in all categories:

Polar Bears at Bedtime

Polar Bears Past Bedtime from Magic Tree House finally straggled in from the library order and became a chapter book of the week. I got Anna started by reading the first two chapters to her, then she read it herself. But I was also interested in discussing it further, so I was reading it to her in the evenings one more time. By now Anna kind of believes that no harm will ever come to Jack and Annie, so she is more interested in the series. The book was also a nice wrap-up of our arctic theme.

Postcards from Pluto

Postcards from Pluto by Loreen Leedy begs to be used for art extension project. Even though the book is better suited for older kids, Anna read it many times in bed and learned a lot of interesting tidbits from this book (like the fact that Uranus kind of lies on its side in relation to sun). The postcards themselves are written by space-traveling kids and have a lot of word play gags in addresses. This part of course was not noticed by Anna, but I found it very entertaining.

On the Town

On the Town by Judith Caseley is perfect to learn/reinforce knowledge of community helpers. Again, the book begs to be used for an extension project, and Anna even started one but ran out of steam rather quickly. The boy in the book visits different places in the community and learns about different jobs that people do. The list of places is pretty comprehensive, and the illustrations are great. The only thing that I didn’t like is that mother constantly praised the boy for his intelligence – I couldn’t tell whether she is serious or joking, but it seemed like an overkill in the book for young kids.

Hunter Best Friend

After reading Hunter and Stripe and the Soccer Shutdown we picked up Hunter’s Best Friend at School by Laura Malone Elliott and Lynn Munsinger. It’s another book that teaches good behavior without being too didactic about it. What do we do when our friends lead us into trouble? Do we follow along or can we help them be their best selves instead. I hope Anna can remember these ideas when she is faced with the situation like this, but so far she has been famous in school for “correcting” her friends behavior so much that she is told by her teacher “to worry about herself” instead.

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

15 comments:

littlewondersdays said...

I always appreciate your book reviews. It looks like Anna is reading some great ones.

Ticia said...

I'm trying to remember if we read postcards before. It looks fun to me

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I'm glad Anna is enjoying Magic Tree House once again. It's one of Joe's favorites right now for sure.

Postcards from Pluto sounds like a great one Natalie--thank you for the title!

MaryAnne said...

I need to look up those Magic Tree House books - I wonder, though, if I can convince Johnny they aren't "scary"?

Kim said...

I'm glad you found a way to get Anna into the Magic Tree House books. Crumpet is addicted! We just got a new box of the audiobooks in the mail, and he can't wait to do our Meals On Wheels route this week so we can start listening. (That's when we listen to them to make the trip more interesting for him.)

Joyful Learner said...

K's lost interest in the MTH series. I wish I could find another great series like that. So far, she's been reading about all the princess fairies but I'm not a big fan.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I need to pull our MTH books back out for the younger girls to try.

LitLass said...

We love Magic Tree House over here. My 7-year-old still reads them occasionally and my 5-year-old is about to start #8. I think we have Hunter's Best Friend on our to-read list.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Oh, Magic Tree House, how I miss reading you, night after night after night after night. All 45 books of you. Oh, wait, no I don't.

Debbie said...

I bet Selena would enjoy Hunter's Best Friend at School.

Summer Skeeter said...

Thanks for these thoughtful reviews. I am going to look for Postcards from Pluto soon. I have gotten my son interested in the mail recently, so this looks like a good book for extending the idea of correspondence and learning as well.

Christy said...

When I was working, my husband started reading some of the MTH books to C and he really enjoyed them. I think we have to get back to that.

All of these books sound great to me. I'm adding them to my library list.

SANDRA said...

Great reviews. We're back to participating again after our Holiday Break. Have a great week!

Julie said...

I just requested On the Town from my library. Thanks for the recommendation. Postcards from Pluto sounds like something my kids would like too.

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

Catching up on neglected links after my family's sickest month on record! Thanks for linking up at Feed Me Books Friday!
I too appreciate carefully crafted messages on behavior, thanks for the recommendation!