Our reading this week has been “eclectic” – I let Smarty select most of her library books and usually she looks at “New Arrivals” shelf first and picks a few books. Then she goes to “I Can Read” shelves and loads up on anything from basic Biscuit books to Level 3 readers and chapter books. How she makes her picks are beyond me, I usually add books to this review based on how often she asks questions about the content, how often I find the book in her bed, and how long she wants to keep the library book home (I only let her keep 10 books between library visits). Two books that lead “stay-at-home” list are Postcards from Pluto and Over in the Arctic, but I already wrote about both of them. Here are some other highlights.
My Family Plays Music by Judy Cox was very fascinating to Smarty who doesn’t have a large and musically gifted family. It was also chock-full of new vocabulary – various types of music, musical instruments, etc. The main character introduces different members of her family, describes what instruments they play and where, and she always plays something herself. In fact, this book made me want to have a “music instruments” theme sometimes in February.
My Very First Encyclopedia of Animals published by Disney was a gift from my parents about a year ago or maybe even longer ago. It was gathering dust on the shelf, but suddenly Smarty is all over it for the past several weeks. From time to time she treats me to a random fact from the book (who knew that seahorses can hook their tails together?) and discusses the differences between mammals and lizards. I like how the book is set up – it gives some basic facts about the animals and their habitats and the photos are really nice too. I just requested the other book in these series (Nature) from Paperbackswap.
I read The Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out by Toy Cummings once with Smarty and didn’t care for it. However, she informed me that she “loves everything” about this book and wants to keep it for longer, so it made me think again why she might like it (except the title, that is). Then I started appreciating the message of the book – overcoming your fears by starting small and learning to go higher and higher. So even though it wouldn’t be on my list of top books I still recommend it.
I got this Hello Out There book from Magic School Bus series on the library book sale, and all stickers were still intact. They definitely provided additional “fun factor” for the book, and Smarty read it several times on her own. We also watched the episode this book is loosely based on – Magic School Bus Gets Lost in Space, and she declared both the book and the episode “too scary”. But it was a good way to add some “social skills” knowledge in addition to her planet knowledge – why bragging is obnoxious and irritates people.