Saturday, January 22, 2011



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

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 AnimalsMy 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.
The Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out
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.
Hello Out There
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.

12 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

Once again, I have failed to get in on the WMCIR action. It's interesting that you posted about the encyclopedia. I have been trying to figure out which children's dictionary to buy. Too many choices.

Ticia said...

I actually got my post written, I'm so proud of myself.

You might see if you can find the old Charlie Brown 'Cyclopedia sets. I had those growing up and they were great. It's just a set of questions and answers and I spent forever reading those books over and over again.

I was always amused at how kids would choose books back when I was teaching.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

A Magic School Bus book with stickers? That would be fun!

Now I'm curious about the 'Cyclopedia set Ticia mentioned - I'm off to search for it :)

Our Homeschool Fun said...

OK, I can totally tell that spider book would be loved by my boys:-).

Tracey M. said...

I really like the animal encyclopedia idea. My son is very into animals and nature and that could provide a good outlet. We saw a little bit of the Magic Bus TV show at my sister's house and J really liked it. I didn't know they had books too. Very fun. Thanks for hosting :)

The girl who painted trees said...

I want to look for My Family Plays Music at our library. Hope they have it.

MaryAnne said...

"My Family Plays Music" sounds like one we would enjoy =)

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littlewondersdays said...

The Magic School Bus series is a favorite of Little J's. I'm going to look for the music book you mentioned, it looks interesting. Another book you might like for your study next month is Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes.

Debbie said...

Looks like Anna picked out some good books. I have seen the Animal encyclopedia at our library, but never checked it out.

LitLass said...

My boys are very musical--they'd probably like My Family Plays Music.

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

STill catching up on neglected links! Thanks again for linking up at Feed Me Books Friday!
We got the Animal encyclopedia as a gift but B hasn't given it much attention yet... perhaps I should give it another go.