Smarty read a mixed bunch of books this week. It’s harder for me to control and even to know what she reads unless she chooses to share it. Since our tradition of afternoon and evening story time continues – we usually read her one chapter from one of the chapter books and one or two picture books. This week she spent all her free time reading randomly through Magic Tree House books that we own (about 10 non-consecutive books). I am hoping to get more of them on the library book sale today. I had to work with her on her favorites by “weighing” one book against another since there were so many. Her final choice surprised me somewhat, because if I chose to write this post without her input only one book would have made it to my own list of her perceived favorites.
This is one “overlap” book. Smarty: “I like this book because we can read it together”. She gets more and more into acting out the stories, and she enjoyed the fact that this book is built as a dialog. I personally thought that it’s not as strong as an original and not as interesting as fairy tales, but maybe it’s because I am not a big fan of Mother Goose rhymes in the first place. My favorite poem in this book was about Ms Tuffet – it actually explained all the obscure words in the original verse.
I was surprised that Sandy’s Circus by Tanya Lee Stone made it to Smarty's short list of favorites. Smarty: I liked it because he made a circus and became a circus performer (Apparently the whole point that Alexander Calder became a very famous artist completely escaped Smarty's attention). The book was recommended by Lionden Landing, and I enjoyed it too even though I didn’t care much for how it was illustrated. It is a very interesting read about the path Alexander Calder took to his famous mobiles and stabiles.
Smarty: I liked this book because it explains where trash goes. I want to build a recycling box and a kitty litter (?). I learned about Trash and Recycling by Stephanie Turnbull from No Time For Flashcards, and as all Usborne books it was a big hit. I thought that it explains pretty well what happens to trash and how recycling is done. Smarty was fascinated to learn that paper gets a bath with a special soap that removes all ink. I didn’t know it myself. This is a good book to read in preparation for Earth Day.
Smarty's last pick was The Rainbow and You, but I already wrote about it here. So I will write about the runner-up that happened to be my own pick of the week – The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco. I cannot recommend this book to the crown under 5 though – the book is long, and the story is rather sad at times. There is a death of one of the characters too. Smarty was very fascinated by it, since I think it’s the first book we read where a non-magical person had died. I think many parents should read the story as a testament what a really good teacher can do with children who are thrown as “junk” into a “special class”. Very powerful.