This week we had so many good books that it was hard to pick favorites. I had to take Smarty through “preference exercise” to identify and discuss winners of the week. I am reading to her Jenny Goes to Sea by Esther Averill – a great travel book for cats and kids. I had to rebuff multiple requests to keep this book in her room, because I know how it ends. She will swallow it whole and then won’t want to read it together. Instead she is swallowing remaining non-sequential Magic Tree House books from our home library. Here are her other picks:
We continue on our quest to read at least one poetry book every week for National Poetry Month, and I was not surprised that The Baby’s Bedtime Book has made Smarty's list of favorites. It’s a gorgeous book both in its selection of well known poems and nursery rhymes in fantastic illustrations by Kay Chorao. I loved to listen to Smarty reading and singing the rhymes to herself – it’s nowhere near standard melodies for some of them, but she is having fun with this book. Her favorite rhyme is Hush, Little Baby, probably because of all the extravagant presents for that whiny baby :)
I picked up My Name is Georgia by Jeanette Winter because I am planning (for about 3 weeks now!) to make a project based on Georgia O’Keeffe’s work. I really liked the book, because the biography of the painter was adapted really well for young readers, and illustrations are great. Smarty was very interested in both the story and the illustrations and keeps reading this book every day for the past two weeks or so. She still has no interest in an art project though.
I’ve seen LMNO Peas by Keith Baker reviewed on several blogs, most recently on Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn. I wasn’t sure that my daughter will appreciate another alphabet book, but this is so much more than alphabet book. For once, the illustrations are very engaging. Also, the Peas try all kinds of jobs in this book which generated interesting discussions about more obscure jobs like investigators and electricians. A lot of big words for an alphabet book – highly recommended for ages 2-6!
My personal favorite of the week made it to the list of Smarty's favorites too. Henri, Egg Artiste by Marcus Pfister (yes, Rainbow Fish creator) is quite brilliant. The only thing that both Smarty and I didn’t like is that Henri is cranky in the beginning of the story and is not very nice to his wife. However, the story takes off once he comes up with new inspiration for his eggs. I do believe that Henri looks more like a donkey than a rabbit, but I am willing to put up with it. I will not say more except that this story simply begs for an art project that didn’t happen yet… or yet again.