Even though we go to the library every week, Smarty 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.
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 Smarty'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 clearly tickles Smarty'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.
We have several big books of Dr Seuss at home, but Smarty 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.
I picked up Me on the Map by Joanne Sweeney at the garage sale about a year ago, and Smarty 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 Smarty play Me on the Map comprehension game here, but for now I am just glad she enjoys non-fiction books so much.