Saturday, February 19, 2011

We didn’t have a particular theme this week, but there were three clear winners this week, two “runner ups” and one “honorary mention”. Here they are:

Mrs Muddle Holidays

Here is what Anna had to say, I adore this book. I don’t want it to ever go back to the library. Please buy it for me! Believe me, she rarely gives such glowing review and asks to buy books (unless she is standing in a books store). Mrs Muddle’s Holidays (recommended by Ready, Set, Read) by Laura Nielsen was a huge hit, and the illustrations by Thomas Yezerski work wonderfully with an engaging and warm story. It also got thumbs up from me, but because of the length is probably more suitable for 4+.

How Big Is A Million

One of the questions in Anna’s question box was How much is a million rice? I was excited to see that our library system has added How Big is a Million? by Anne Milbourne to its collection since the last time I checked for this book about 4 months ago. It’s a perfect book for young kids asking big questions. Pipkin goes in search of a million and ends up finding 10 fish, 100 penguins, 1000 snowflakes and a brand new friend. What about a million? There is a big surprise in the end of the book.

My First Encyclopaedia Nature

My daughter loves non-fiction. She spent many hours pouring over another entry from this Winnie the Pooh series - “Animals”, and I got “Nature” from her from Paperbackswap. She was very excited to get this new book – I love this book! I am so happy I am going to jump and shout with joy! Thank you! Thank you! So now I am treated to new facts about the stinkiest flower on Earth and about comets. I definitely recommend this series for young independent readers who enjoy non-fiction.

What Is In the Egg The runner ups of the week were How You Got So Smart recommended by Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn and a new “Pip book” from Karma Wilson called What’s In the Egg Little Pip? Anna loves Karma Wilson’s stories and illustrations by Jane Chapman are terrific. This is a perfect book for a family going from one child to two, and I thought that it captures the feelings of the formerly single child pretty well.

Courage

Honorable mention goes to Courage by Bernard Waber. It’s a great conversation starter on the topic that really fascinates my daughter – what it means to be brave. I liked the variety of scenarios, because they helped my daughter to focus on situations where she displays courage instead of defining herself as a “scaredy cat”. I could even see the impact in her behavior during swimming classes, so I would definitely recommend this book.

16 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

Oh, you know we love our numbers books around here! I've never seen this million book, I'm putting it on hold at the library, along with Courage.

One of Kiddo's favorite number books is A Million Dots.

Mom and Kiddo said...

P.S. I don't know why but the linky won't show the title I chose for the link, it only shows the url.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I have been getting so many great ideas for books from your posts lately! You have a knack for finding ones that Matthew will love. I looked for How Big is a Million, but our library doesn't have it. :( But they have the Animal encyclopedia (not nature, which I think would be more in line with M's interestss), and Courage, which I know he will love. Thank you!! :)

Katie said...

How Big is a Million looks like a great book.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Wow, you found a lot of good ones, this week. Several are going on my "must find" list.

Debbie said...

I have already looked to see which books I can get since I have to go to the library. Well, some are on hold.

Kylie said...

I love these posts for book ideas. My kids would love How Big Is A Million.

Ticia said...

Courage does sound rather fascinating.

Great books, I'm wondering if we have that Pip series at our library.

littlewondersdays said...

Wonderful books! We have the Winnie the Pooh encyclopedia of animals and it has been great for sparking deeper interests.

The girl who painted trees said...

I love the books you've featured this week. Heading to the library's website to see how many of them they have. :)

Tracey M. said...

I really like your book selections this week! We really love Karma Wilson too. I now have How Big...What's in the Egg and Pooh Animal Encyclo. on hold at our library. Great ideas.

I'm also a nonfiction fan like your daughter!

Autumn said...

We've gotten the Courage book from the library before. It was a great conversation starter for what it means to have courage and be brave. The boys really like this book! Of course, they loved the roller coaster page. :)

Jackie H. said...

I'm so glad she loved Mrs. Muddle's Holidays. Thanks for the shout out. I want to try and find those Winnie the Pooh nonfiction books. It's hard to find good nonfiction for the preschool age group sometimes. Thanks for hosting again!

MaryAnne said...

I think we need to look into several of these books - you found some great ones this week!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Thank you, thank you! Not a single title we've read this week, and I need new ones desperately. Jack is really interested in longer books lately and begging for new ones every few days.

Julie said...

You have a great list this week. I'm definitely going to look for Courage and How Big is a Million. I think the kids will especially like those.