Saturday, March 12, 2011

With all her love for the library Anna is thrilled when she receives new books to call her own. Her own books get constant workout, and she usually has at least ten of them in various places of her room. This is why she was delighted to receive a new batch of books for review from wonderful folks at Tiger Tales. All the books were beautiful, and it was hard for her and for me to contain the excitement and not to read all of them at once.

A Little Bit of Love

A Little Bit of Love by Cynthia Platt/Hannah Whitty was our shared favorite from Tiger Tales new releases. Considering the nickname of my daughter, mouse books are very popular in the house. This book is a sweet story about a little mouse and her mom working together to fulfill a wish for something sweet to nibble on. The explanations about where things come from will be very age appropriate for young readers. The only thing that could have made it better is having a recipe in the back.

My Brother Charlie

My Brother Charlie was the most thought provoking book of the week. Anna pulled it from “New Releases” shelf in the library. It’s written by a mother/daughter pair Holly and Ryan Peete (Ryan is only 12 years old!) and tells in the first person a story of having a twin brother with autism.  Anna has had very few experiences with disability so far, and she had a lot of questions about the book. I really like the message of acceptance and love in this book, and I hope that Anna will remember these lessons when she meets people who are different from her in the way they perceive the world.

Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey is one of those books that I can’t believe we didn’t read up to now. Not for the lack of trying – I just couldn’t “catch” this book in the library, it was always checked out. I was a bit worried that Anna will find the story scary (she can be funny that way), but she found it extremely funny, and the book quickly made its way to her stack of favorites. I do think that 4+ is probably a good age for this story due to its length.

Dear Tooth Fairy

Dear Tooth Fairy was an accidental library find and while looking to link this review, I found out that this is also a series book, and we will probably be looking for more. It’s a chapter book with two very likeable siblings. Big brother Harry is pretty helpful and patient with Emily who can’t wait for her first tooth to fall out. Anna can’t wait either – for some reason she is completely convinced that while other fairies are not real, tooth fairy is real, because she leaves presents.

 

15 comments:

RedTedArt said...

Blueberries for Sal sounds fabulous. I am going to keep an eye out for it! Thanks for your fabulous weekly book round up!

Maggy

Julie said...

My Brother Charlie sounds excellent. I'm going to look for that one to read with the kids. As far as the tooth fairy goes, I can't figure out why C believes since he knows none of the other fairies are real. It seems like all his friends believe in the tooth fairy as well. Of course, at almost 7, C still doesn't even have a single loose tooth!

AshHadAns said...

We checked Blueberries for Sal out a couple years ago and the girls made me read it several times. I love that even though a book is old it doesn't take away from it's charm.

Katie said...

I'm intrigued by Pandamonium, that is in your slideshow. What did you think of it?

MaryAnne said...

We love "Blueberries for Sal", and "My Brother Charlie" sounds like a great book!

Annette W. said...

This was our first week reading Blueberries for Sal too! (Checked out of library.)

We also enjoyed it!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

That first book does look like it's made for a recipe at the back.

Debbie said...

All these books sound good.

Amanda said...

I loved Blueberries for Sal growing up. And Make Way for Ducklings is a great McCloskey book too!

LitLass said...

I haven't read Blueberries for Sal with my boys yet, but I keep meaning to.

Viki and David said...

you know I agree on your age assessment. Angelina also dislikes villains and scary scenes. We got Blueberries for Sal a year ago and Angelina wouldn't let me read any further as soon as she realized that Sal went the wrong way. She couldn't stand the anticipation of the mother bear discovering Sal and might happen. Even after reassuring her, it took several reads for her not to imagine the worst for Sal.

PS: on topic of books: have you read Violet the Pilot yet? (The Breene book not the series.) Angelina loved it. Reminded me of our two little inventor heroes.

Ticia said...

Those all sound like fun.

I just checked out Blueberries for Sal for our New Jersey study. I'm debating between that book and another one.....

Jackie H. said...

I love Blueberries for Sal but you are right it is better for an older crowd. However, I checked out the DVD from our library of it. It is just a narrator reading the book but it moves nicely through the pictures on the pages. Logan loved it and watched it several times-- so if anyone wants to introduce this story to a younger group, check out the DVD. I think it is produced by Scholastic. Great book suggestions, as always!

Christy said...

We love blueberries for sal! We read it when we studied Maine and ended up buying it. How cool that you get books from Tiger Tales!

The girl who painted trees said...

Blueberries for Sal has been Bear's favorite book since she was 18 months, but she has always been able to sit still for very long stories. None of her three year old friends can sit through a chapter of Little Hosue for example, let alone 3 or 4 of them in a row. I really think she'd listen to a whole book in one sitting if my voice had the strength to read that long! We are loving our Tiger Tales books too. I need to start blogging about them soon!