Saturday, March 5, 2011

In addition to reading a lot, both on her own and together, Anna 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:

Once Upon A Baby Brother

When we brought home Once Upon a Baby Brother by Sarah Sullyvan, I realized that we read it before, but Anna 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.

Sun

I stumbled upon Sun from National Geographic “Jump Into Science” series by accident, and Anna 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. Anna 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.

Froggy Learns To Swim

Anna 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.

See Inside Science

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 Anna 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.

19 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

We have See Inside Math and it is great, so I'd like to take a look at See Inside Science.

Fortunately we take evolution as the way to go -- as do the vast majority of scientists. (I've never personally met a scientist who shunned evolution, but then I haven't met everyone in the world.) :)

I remember when Kiddo had to read every Froggy book a zillion times. They are kind of funny, though.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Also, I don't know why, but the linkz says "one entry so far", but won't actually show my link. It seems I'm always having problems with this system on blogs. I guess it doesn't like me.

AshHadAns said...

It won't show me the links either. Must be a glitch.

We have been waiting patiently for Silverlicious to come out in paperback. My girls love those books.

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

I am looking forward to investigating both the "See Inside Science" book (and the "See Inside Math" book!) and the National Geographic book about the sun. I'm with Mom and Kiddo on the evolution point.
We have been loving the Chronicles of Narnia series on audio book! We have, I think, one more story to go...but we're taking a break from it right now to listen to "The Story of the World, vol.3".
I'm having the same issue with the links, and I had that issue with my own blog yesterday. I found that there is a setting when you set it up at inlinkz where you have to check a box to show the links.
Have a great day :0)

Julie said...

I wish my kids were that interested in the nonfiction books! Although I guess C was back when he was Anna's age. He only reads fiction now. You have some great suggestions here that I'll definitely be checking out!

Live, Learn, Love said...

One of the joys of Little House is the simple language...unlike Narnia books!

littlewondersdays said...

I always love your book reviews. I don't think we've ever read anything from the Jump into science series. I'll have to look for them! Also, Little J didn't enjoy the Chronicles of Narnia until he was about 5 1/2 and then he devoured the series, so maybe in time.

MaryAnne said...

I need to look for more of those Usborne books...

Katie said...

We've had a hard time finding good science books. We'll have to look for the usbourne books.

Christy said...

I love Usborne books. We'll have to check out that science book.

We have read Froggy Learns to Swim - cute book!

The girl who painted trees said...

The Jump into Science series looks great. I am definitely waiting a few years for the Narnia series. I think I will be buying the audio Little House books for Bear for her August birthday.

Ticia said...

I might have to give the Little House books another try. As a kid I never really got into them, now Narnia...... That was one of my favorites. The kids have listened to an audio book version of it that is more a radio show than book on CD. They liked it okay.

I agree Usborne books are awesome, and that sun book sounds great to find.

Joyful Learner said...

I'm with Ticia. I couldn't get into the Little House series, even as an adult. But I loved The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I loved C.S. Lewis as a child, but my children don't care for his writing at all. We have read, and listened to a number of the Little House on the Prairie books - I have to admit Pa drives me crazy - his restless discontentment brought a lot of unnecessary hardship to his family - even if his daughter was very kind to him in her writing.

Infant Bibliophile said...

You've inspired me to start a list of books to get at the library again. I used to do that, and request them online, but then our trips became sporadic once the new baby came, and I kept losing my holds by not picking them up. We've never done audio books. I feel like they would be far more difficult for my son to comprehend for some reason. (And just for the record, I'm all for evolution in my science books).

Brimful Curiosities said...

I'm especially interested in the Sun title. The cat on the front cover is a nice touch.

I see you have Silverlicious in your picks this week! We reviewed it today.

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

An Almost Unschooling Mom--
I did really like the Little House books as a girl, and I read them several times. As an adult, though, re-reading them with my daughters, I have to say that I agree with your assessment of Pa...I hadn't really thought of it before! Adult eyes and experiences give us new insights into old favorites.

Our Side of the Mountain said...

Awesome idea! I've been lazy about recording the books that we've been using and the kids have been enjoying during free reading. This is perfect for keeping me on track! Adding your button and linked to your blog. Linking up next Saturday with our favorite books!

Jessy
http://oursideofthemtn.blogspot.com

Tracey M. said...

I've seen the Frog books a few times now ... we'll have to check them out. They do look good.
Thanks for hosting this!