Saturday, February 5, 2011

We have been busy this week and didn’t read together as much as we usually do, but Anna still read a lot on her own. Here are some favorites from the week.

Shaman Apprentice

Last week Anna had rainforest theme in her school. I usually pick up a couple of more “advanced” books for her school theme of the week. We read both The Great Kapok Tree and The Shaman’s Apprentice by Lynne Cherry, but Anna liked The Shaman’s Apprentice a lot more. She said that The Great Kapok Tree when a man is trying to cut a beautiful tree of the rainforest is too sad, and she was very fascinated with drawings of various medicinal plants in The Shaman’s Apprentice book. More religious people might not like the book, since it sort of implies that primitive religion of local tribes is just as valid as Catholicism brought by white missionaries, but this whole point, of course, was not noticed by my 4 year old.

Fine Feathered Friends

This week Anna had Birds theme in school, and she really enjoyed Fine Feathered Friends from Cat in the Hat Learning Library series. As other books from these series, the story rhymes (mostly it rhymes well), and it gives a lot of interesting facts about birds. I am impressed how many information could fit into this rhymed story. When we have time, I plan to let Anna learn more about birds by visiting this interactive Bird Guide and, of course, by watching birds in the nature.

The Butt Book

The Butt Book by Artie Bennett was recommended by Library of Clean Reads. I think every child age 2+ will love this book considering intense interest all children seem to have in their body parts, especially in those that are usually not mentioned in good company. I only got to read this book once and thought that some of the text was probably beyond Anna’s understanding, but this didn’t prevent her from talking about her important butt for days on end.

Superhero School

I have seen Superhero School by Aaron Reynolds/Andy Rash mentioned on several blogs, most recently on Joyful Learner. It was on the border of tolerance for my daughter who doesn’t like any conflict and “scary” content in the stories. She had me read this book several times and discussed the content in great detail before declaring the book “too scary to stay in my room” and expelling it. She did like the idea of kids with superpowers though and told me that she would love to be able to fly.

Mattland

“Special mention” goes to Mattland. This book was mentioned by The Linton Academy. Anna didn’t seem too interested in it, but I really enjoyed both the story and the illustrations by Dusan Petricic. I observed lately watching her play with boys how they are more inclined to build the worlds while she is more interested in playing “situations”. This book is about building the world, so boys might especially appreciate it.

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15 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

The Butt Book is quite funny. Esp. for 2 boys.

littlewondersdays said...

Love your book choices again. I think it's great that you extend her school lessons. The Great Kapok Tree was one of our favorite rain forest books. We also liked Jan Brett's, The Umbrella.
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Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Hmm - I will have to look into Mattland - it sounds interesting. Also, I haven't heard of Fine Feathered Friends, I know we'll definitely enjoy that one. Thank you so much for the link to the bird site too!
I'm sure Matthew would love The Butt Book, but since he already is obsessed with that kind of thing, I think we'll pass, lol. :)

Debbie said...

These books sound really good, though I am truly tired of Cat in the Hat. I do wonder though if the books follow the cartoon of the Cat in the Hat Knows a lot about that?

MaryAnne said...

Mattland sounds interesting to me.

And thank you for the recommendation of inlinkz. I was disappointed with the Linky Tools approach to the switch as well, but hadn't figured out what to do for my monthly goals linky. Off to sign up with inlinkz =)

Katie said...

My daughter loves Dr Seuss, but I've never seen the Fine Feathered Friends book before. I will have to see if I can get my hands on it.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Well, I think we'll skip The Butt Book :), but might check out Mattland.

Ticia said...

I understand his decision for making it paid. It was rather abrupt, but I'm guessing there is something going on personally that made it this abrupt.

I've heard nothing but good things about the Butt Book, but given I already have a hard time getting my kids to not talk about them......... I'll pass.

But, Superhero School is still on my checkout list.

Fairion said...

Thanks for the recommendations. We love the Great Kapok Tree and we definitely have to look into The Shaman's Apprentice.

Julie said...

I wish I had read this before going to the library today because I definitely would have checked out The Butt Book. With one kid who is obsessed with Captain Underpants books and another who loves to shake her "bootie" - and tell us about it - I'm sure they would love The Butt Book!

LitLass said...

I'll have to get the last three for my boys.

LaDonna said...

These look like so much fun. I bookmarked them for the library.

Jackie H. said...

Great choices. I remember The Great Kapok Tree was a favorite of my fifth graders when I was teaching :) But I haven't read The Shaman's Apprentice. The other ones look funny. Wonder if Logan is ready for the Butt book yet. We'll def. keep it on our list.

Christy said...

My kids would love The Butt Book. Love it. One of their favorite books is Everyone Poops. What is it with kids and bathroom talk?

We read Superhero School last week. C really enjoyed it.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

OK, tell me more about this Butt Book. I am intrigued by the title and LOL after reading it, but wondering still...