Saturday, March 19, 2011

Anna has been reading a lot on her own lately, and often I don’t have a lot of “visibility” into her favorites. So this week we played a game. I asked her to be a librarian and “recommend” some books to me. She was quite up for the challenge, so I will share her recommendations with you and add some of my notes too.

Diary of a Spider

Anna: I recommend Diary of a Spider, because I read it so many times in my school. It’s about a spider and what he is doing on different days of a year. My favorite part is when his grandpa came back from a trip to Paris. I was happy that he came back.

I understand why Anna insisted that she needs to get Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin from the library. She clearly sensed a “double talk” in the text and pictures, but couldn’t “decipher” it without an adult. She asked very many questions on every page, especially on the page that talked about “strained relationships” between spiders and flies.

Jenny Linsky

Anna: This book is about cats, and I like cats. I hope to own the cat one day. My favorite part is when the other cat found Jenny’s special scarf. I also like it because it is a chapter book.

This book by Esther Averill was recommended by Storied Cities. I only read the first 10 pages of the book to get Anna started, and she read the rest of the book on her own. I might still read it for myself when she is finally ready to release it from her bedside shelf of favorites.

Penguin Post

Anna: I recommend this book because it’s about delivering mail and other packages. He went to different animals to deliver packages. My favorite part is when the egg started to crack and he could go home.

We read Penguin Post by Debi Gliori about 2 years ago, and I thought (correctly) that Anna would enjoy it even more now. It is a very lovely story about responsibility and being a big brother.

Our Bodies

Anna: This is my very favorite! I adore this book! Please buy it for me and also the Animal Friends too. I love learning about our bodies and animals. I just love learning so much! Did you know that we have a small thingy in our throat that helps us talk? This book told me!

I stumbled upon A Child’s First Library of Learning by accident when I came to watch Anna swim one day. A book about plants was in a basket of used books, and I flipped through it marveling on how much information it conveyed in easy to digest format. It was almost like reading many “Let’s Read and Find Out” books at once. I got Animal Friends in the library, and Anna was immediately enchanted. In fact, she put up quite a fuss when I didn’t want to give it to her for her own reading right away and wanted to stretch it between several reading sessions. Now I am considering buying these books for our personal library, because they are amazing.

15 comments:

Storied Cities said...

Yea! So glad you liked Jenny and the Cat Club! I have a link this week, but can't link up yet as the submissions don't open until after the kids get up, so I'll have to see you later.

MaryAnne said...

It sounds like we should look for that "Child's First Library of Learning" series!

Joyful Learner said...

I like this new idea of pretending to be the librarian. Anna's suggestions sound so lovely and delightful. K is big on chapter books too.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

My girls love playing librarian. What a good way to hear Anna's book reviews!

I'm going straight to our library site to see if they have that last one.

learning ALL the time!!/Susan said...

These sound like great selections! It was an inspired idea to get Anna to share her favorites as a "librarian". Being a librarian is loads of fun...I should know, since I am one :) My girls get to be librarians all the time, too, when they go to work with me :)

Ticia said...

Those do look like an interesting book series.

I'm hoping once I'm feeling more get up and go to write my post later today. We've found several favorites this past few weeks, and hope to try more.

Christy said...

I love the way you had Anna recommend books as a librarian. I'm going to try that.

Debbie said...

I love the way you did the reviews this week. I loved reading Anna's reviews. I have to look for the last series.

LitLass said...

Great idea to get Anna to make recommendations! We've read Diary of a Spider (we just reviewed Cronin's The Trouble With Chickens), but I'll have to check out the other books Anna likes.

The girl who painted trees said...

Love how she reviewed the books this week. Good idea to make her the librarian. Bear would love that idea.

Taysha said...

Cute idea. My 11 yr old book-loving son lends his books out just a library, recording who has them and when they are due. I was just wondering why you limit how many new books Anna gets in a day?

Viki and David said...

Loved the book reviews from Anna so much. Might be fun to have that be the format of this segment. :)

I think the Time-Life books might be out of print. I haven't seen them in a long time. Our library doesn't carry them but has the DK Eye Wonder and Eye Witness instead. I grew up on Time-Life books, though, and still have many of my favorites from childhood like Cosmos and Egyptians.

RedTedArt said...

Another lovely selection - can't wait for my son to start reading by himself (still a little while to go!)

No books for children from us this week (just a song) :-(

Jackie H. said...

what a great idea to pretend to be a librarian. Great way to get conversations flowing about books!

Julie said...

What fun to have her doing the recommendations of books this week. I'm going to have to try that at some point. We had a few good books last week but I never managed to post about them. I'm going to try to throw together a post and schedule it for Saturday so I can participate this week.