As always, it was a busy reading week. Two big chapter books are still Tonight on Titanic that Smarty keeps reading on and off and Jenny and the Cat Club. We also read a variety of fiction and non-fiction.
We own the original You Read to Me by Mary Ann Hoberman, and Smarty was thrilled when I got Fairy Tales sequel in the library. We read it together as designed, and it was interesting to see how her reading-aloud fluency took off. There was time when she was switching to reading silently and unwilling to read aloud, but now she reads with expression and good speed even when the book is new to her. I also really like the stories themselves – very creative take on classic fairy tales.
Smarty: I recommend this book because the girl looks very colorful and strange.
Me: I saw A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon on many blogs before, and finally caught it in the library. To be honest, I wasn’t sure whether the story was scary or funny. Daughter, however, decided that it was funny, and was not even put off when the main character merged with her room. The story does send a good message about being yourself even though I keep thinking that so many problems could be avoided by simply having uniforms in schools.
Smarty: I recommend this book because kids are digging and finding things from the past. I learned how to make a needle. My favorite part is when they dug up a skeleton.
Me: … And then she made me read Archaelogists Dig for Clues by Kate Duke to her (she already had it on her shelf for two weeks). It took about an hour, since the book is quite long and there are a lot of cartoon bubbles on each page. But it is a really great introduction to archaeology, and I learned quite a lot from it myself.
Smarty: I recommend this book because it makes me think of my own art. My favorite page is with children playing because I want to learn all their games.
Me: Squeaking of Art by Monica Wellington was definitely my own favorite of the week. Imagine going to the museum that has some of the most well known works of art, but they are subtly modified to be more suitable for the eyes and tastes of young children. They are also neatly arranged into categories – landscapes, portraits, abstract art, and each category is explained. The book also offers some engaging questions about the pictures. Smarty and I spent hours looking at the book and talking about the pictures. I am planning to buy this book soon, because I am sure that it will “scale up” nicely as Smarty grows older.