Saturday, February 12, 2011

What My Child Is Reading – February 12, 2012

Late last week I brought Anna one of Arthur books by Marc Brown home from the library. She loved them a lot when she was younger, and keeps reading the few that we own. On my next library visit she asked me to bring her “Arthur books and space books”. She is still very interested in all things space-related. However, only one of clear winners of the week was related to space. Here they are:

Out of Sight

I was lucky to stumble upon this gorgeous book in the library while it was still so new. Out of Sight by Pittau and Gervais is a flap book but also so much more! The animals are hiding behind the flaps that display their shape, the patterns of their skin, show only their feet or their ears. Then each flap contains a fascinating and little known fact about the animal, for example, the difference between jaguars and leopards. Anna absolutely loves the book and also learned quite a lot of new animals (for example, shrew and okapi) from it. I am very motivated to check out other titles by this pair of authors.

Seeds Seeds Seeds

I was saving Seeds! Seeds! Seeds! by Nancy Elisabeth Wallace for a special “class outside”, but Anna found it and informed me that she loved it so much I read it twice. It’s a wonderful book that combines art, science and a good story. Interestingly, Anna didn’t care much about suggested art projects (seed collection, bean mosaic), but was very interested in how the seed grows and suggested to plant something (actually, she wanted to plant a melon). And we will… soon. March is a great time to read this book since that’s when the story takes place.

A Village Full of Valentines

A Village Full of Valentines by James Stevenson was recommended last week by What Do We Do All Day, and, ironically, it was the only fiction book left in the library for Valentine’s Day. Anna quite enjoyed the story even though I don’t think she quite got the humor in some of the stories (it’s a book with small stories that all tie together in the last story). I, on the other hand, quite enjoyed subtle messages and situations described in the book.

If You Decide to Go to the Moon

Our new space book this week was If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith Mcnulty. I read it to Anna first, and then she added it to the ever growing piles of her favorites. One word of warning – this story is long with no good place to stop. Illustrations by Steven Kellogg are whimsical and realistic at the same time. I liked how the book combines fantasy (a boy going to the Moon) and reality (what he would feel in space and on the Moon). It really worked well for Anna’s comprehension level and for her desire to read books about “things that really happened”.

I gave honorary mention to Mattland last week and said that Anna didn’t seem interested in the book. Well, this week she definitely was, and I’ve seen her reading it and looking at the pictures many times. It clearly “grew on her”, so check it out when you get a chance.

15 comments:

RedTedArt said...

Like the sound of the vday book - Sometimes it is nice to read a book that you can "enjoy too"!

We have no books reviewed this week :-( I just linked to another review. So no submissions from me!

Maggy

Mom and Kiddo said...

So glad you liked the James Stevenson book. I think all his books are quite clever. And I agree, parents have to enjoy reading, too!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I think we'll check out the space one this week (if our library has it). I wanted to tell you I got Mattland this week for Matthew, and he LOVES it!! It will be on my list for next week.

littlewondersdays said...

The Out of Sight book and the Seeds book look interesting. We're starting to have seed catalogs arrive at our house.

MaryAnne said...

I'm disappointed that our library doesn't have that seeds! book - it looks like one my kids would enjoy, all the more because it features a bear for Johnny =)

Debbie said...

The first three books sound really good. Though it is still too early here to be thinking about seeds.

Katie said...

Out of Sight look right up our alley. Thanks for sharing!

kewkew said...

I like the sound of all those books.

AshHadAns said...

My girls went through a big Arthur book stage so I bought a couple dozen of them.
And now they hate him. *sigh*

Christy said...

I am going to request Out of Sight right now!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We didn't pick up any Valentine's books this week. I guess it's too late now :)

LitLass said...

I'll have to check out the space book. We just read a book about the moon the other day and are making a flour/cocoa crater with a marble tomorrow.

Julie said...

Sounds like you got some good books this week. I'm going to look into that Seeds book. I'd like to do something on planting with the kids this year.

Elle Belles Bows said...

Great list, but I definitely want to check out the Seeds book with my little one. Thanks so much for sharing it! Kerri

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Out of Sight and the Seeds books are both at my library--thank you again!! Just requested them along with several from this past Saturday's post.

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