Saturday, April 2, 2011

Anna 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.

I read to you mother goose

This is one “overlap” book. Anna: “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.

Sandy's Circus

I was surprised that Sandy’s Circus by Tanya Lee Stone made it to Anna’s short list of favorites. Anna: 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 Anna’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.

Trash and Recycling

Anna: 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. Anna 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.

Junkyard Wonders

Anna’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. Anna 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.

15 comments:

Annette W. said...

Sounds like a good week reading!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I need to look into Hoberman's shared reading books. I've seen them mentioned on other blogs as well.

A Mom After God's Own Heart said...

I joined and linked up for the first time today! Great post, and looks like some awesome picks!

Mom and Kiddo said...

I think it's so great that Anna acts out the stories. Kiddo never does that, which is sort of sad for me, as my whole life has been in the theater. Instead he just prefers to tell me facts he read.

Also I see Dragon's Fat Cat in your amazon widget. I love the Dragon books and their tongue in cheek humor.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I kind of felt the same way about Sandy's Circus, I didn't care for the illustrations, but the children liked the story. Of course, I'm not sure I really care for Calder's Circus either, and the children really enjoyed the video footage we found of it.

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

We've read "Sandy's Circus" before, as well as Patricia Polacco's "Junkyard Wonders" --great book!

Katie said...

The Junkyard Wonders looks great, thanks for the recommendation (and warning).

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I think Trash and Recycling looks very good. I just struck out on library requests from Christy's list, so maybe this won will be a winner for me:-).

Tracey M. said...

I really enjoy seeing your book selections. Epossumondas is great! My mom used to read the original Epaminondas so it's neat to see a new rendition of this book. I think J would like the one about the circus.

Thanks for hosting!

MaryAnne said...

I didn't know paper got a special bath with soap to remove all ink either! I always wondered how that worked!

That last book sounds like a great picture book for adults - and older children. My sister is a special ed teacher - I should see if I can find her a copy.

Christy said...

We just borrowed the Calder book from the library, but we haven't read it yet. I'll have to look for the others.

I wish C would do more reading on his own. He will sit at the table and make up math problems for hours, but he only reads when he has to. I'm hoping that this will change (the reading part, not the math part).

Infant Bibliophile said...

Thank you for the suggestion of Archeologists Dig for Clues. My son is interested in the idea of archeology from an online game he plays. I'm hoping he'll enjoy the book this week. We tried once last week but he wasn't focusing well on it. It looks great.

Shannon said...

A bit late to the party, but loved Anna's selections this week, I'm going to need to get Trash and Recycling for B, he loves garbage trucks still.

Both of mine love the Magic Treehouse books and Faith still likes all the Rainbow Fairies. We've been listening to MTH in the car lately.

Working our way through the current Bluebonnet Award list. It's a Texas thing, but American authors, so you & Anna might find a few good ones (the Mirror Mirror one from our choices this week is pretty cool, imho).

LitLass said...

We love the You Read to Me books, as well as Pilkey's Dragon books.

Viki and David said...

My kids both liked Trashy Town. It's a simple enough story with repetitive rhythm for the 2 yr old and the sort of book his sister enjoys to read to him.