Saturday, January 8, 2011

Even though we go to the library every week, Anna also pulls out many books from her own shelves daily and studies them in detail. I thought that I will spend one of my WMCIR entries highlighting her current favorites from our home library.

Fox in the Dark

The Fox in the Dark has arrived as part of review package from Tiger Tales. I didn’t have a chance to read it myself until recently, but it quickly made its way to Anna’s “bedtime shelf”. Finally she brought it over to me to ask some vocabulary questions. She usually does it with the books that she practically memorized and really wants to make sure that she understands them completely. The tale by Alison Green is lovely and has a beautiful ending. We also enjoyed illustrations by Deborah Allwright.

Pigs to the Rescue

Pigs to the Rescue clearly tickles Anna’s funny bone. The story is almost wordless and mostly told in pictures. It’s actually a sequel to Chicken to the Rescue by John Himmelman (we don’t own that book but rented it from the library). In the sequel fairly capable chickens are replaced by blundering pigs. Chaos and mayhem unfold, and there is a hint on another sequel in the end of the book. Since the book is almost wordless, it might appeal to a wide range of young readers.

If I ran the Zoo

We have several big books of Dr Seuss at home, but Anna is very tentative about “scary stories” such as Lorax or Horton Hears the Who. However she really enjoyed If I Ran the Zoo, not in the least because it’s such a long book and it presents such a good opportunity to ask a million questions on every page and delay bedtime. I have mixed feelings about many Dr Seuss books myself, but I enjoyed this one. I still think that it’s better suited for older kids, mostly due to its length.

Me on the Map

I picked up Me on the Map by Joanne Sweeney at the garage sale about a year ago, and Anna was not really interested in it. Lately, however, it’s constantly out, and she studies it intently. I guess all our geography work is sinking in, even though she still says from time to time that it’s too bad that it doesn’t snow in America (meaning that it doesn’t snow where we live). One of these days I am going to have Anna play Me on the Map comprehension game here, but for now I am just glad she enjoys non-fiction books so much.

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

16 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

We've had plenty of snow for Anna lately! I think Pigs to the Rescue looks fun, I adore a good wordless picture book. I appreciate the way they encourage children to give their own voice to the story.

Brimful Curiosities said...

I'm not much of a fan of Seuss either, so we haven't read, "If I ran the Zoo."

We also have plenty of snow here. It's been on the ground since early December and has not yet completely melted. At my daughter's school, the kindergarten classes rotate sledding down the hill, so Tuesday (sled day for my daughter's class) is her favorite day.

MaryAnne said...

We borrowed "Fox in the Dark" from the library after reading about it on another blog, and Emma LOVES it! I also enjoy the story, especially the ending, and the pictures are perfect.

Ticia said...

Pigs to the Rescue sounds really cute, I have mixed results with wordless books, but it has me curious.

At some point I need to get "If I ran the zoo," it'd probably be popular here.

Laura Fabiani said...

We love Dr Suess. Me on the Map must be great to learn about geography. It definitely snows where we live!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The cover art of Pigs to the Rescue, is funny enough - I'll have to look for it. I'm not a big Dr Suess fan either - too many made up words for my liking.

littlewondersdays said...

Pigs to the rescue looks cute, I'll be looking for it. I have to admit, I like Dr. Seuss for probably all the reasons others don't...I love the silly made up words.

Kim said...

We read Pigs to the Rescue this week too, and Crumpet was very amused!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I think we'd love Pigs to the Rescue! And Matthew is really fascinated with maps right now, so maybe I'll look for Me on the Map. I think I remember you mentioning it in another post shortly after you got it. It looks like a book we'd enjoy.

Christy said...

We own the last two books, but we have never read the other two. I'll be looking for them.

Julie said...

Pigs to the Rescue looks like fun! I think we've read If I Ran the Zoo, but I'm not sure if we own it. We have a lot of Dr. Seuss books on the shelf. Glad to hear she's interested in Me on the Map now. M hasn't been interested yet, so maybe I should try again.

Infant Bibliophile said...

Me on the Map looks interesting. We will check it out sometime.

Jennifer said...

I really need to get back into doing this again! I really enjoyed posting our books and seeing what every one else is reading!!

We have the book about the Philharmonic but we haven't read it yet. Geez - what am I waiting for! ;-)

Playing by the book said...

What i liked about Fox in the Dark is that whilst is rhymes, the rhthym is a little more complex than many books that choose to use rhyme, and that made for a much more interesting read (and - I think - a more interesting listen!).

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Fox in the Dark looks great! I LOVE Pigs to the Rescue. Jack and Joe think it's hilarious.

Charlene said...

We've read Pigs To The Rescue and Fox in the Dark....great books!