In addition to reading a lot, both on her own and together, Smarty usually listens to audio books in the car. For the past three weeks she (and captive adults in the car) were plodding through The Lion, The With and the Wardrobe. It’s probably the “heaviest” piece of literature she has been introduced to with the most complex language, and she was really struggling to even follow the story. There were many times when she didn’t want to continue, but eventually she would agree to listen to some more. I think she is still digesting it, but I doubt that she will want to listen to it again (unlike the first two Little House audio books, which we ended up buying). She enjoyed various printed books this week, and here are her favorites:
When we brought home Once Upon a Baby Brother by Sarah Sullyvan, I realized that we read it before, but Smarty was very happy to read this story again. The illustrations by Tricia Tusa are almost better than the story itself which tells the story of a young writer with a “small problem”. The only complaint I have about the story is that the writing of the girl who is supposed to be a second grader seems way too advanced in spelling, handwriting and vocabulary.
I stumbled upon Sun from National Geographic “Jump Into Science” series by accident, and Smarty absolutely loved it. This is the best book we read so far that explains with great illustrations how big the sun is, how far it is, why we have day and night and why seasons change. Smarty read this book several times, and we still plan to do a project described in the end of the book. She is also busy looking for an “axis” in everything.
Smarty loves reading series. If you look at the Amazon widget on top, you can see a lot of various “serial” picture books. Those are all her own selections from the library shelves. Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London/Frank Remkiewicz resonated well with her, since she is now learning to swim and sometimes behaves just like Froggy – afraid to try new things, then slowly discovering new pleasures.
As my long-standing readers know, my daughter is very interested in non-fiction books that explain how things work. Usborne books never disappoint us, especially the ones with flaps. We were reading a couple of pages from this book every evening and I tried my best to answer innumerable questions Smarty had on each page. She had a lot of questions about cells, atoms and molecules – something that we didn’t really talk about before. I think it’s a nice “preview” for her into what science is really about. One word of warning – this is a secular science book that talks about Big Bang and evolution – perfect for our family but probably not so much for about 80% of my readers.