We read a good mixture of longer and shorter books this week. Smarty is still on Magic Tree House kick, so I took her to the chapter book shelves in the library and let her pick a few to read. While there she also discovered Magic School Bus chapter book series and wanted to grab all of them. Eventually she picked two, and one made it to her list of favorite books of the week:
Expedition Down Under from Magic School Bus was definitely Smarty's favorite of the week. I didn’t read the whole book, but she wanted me to read her two favorite chapters to her – about jumping on pogo sticks with kangaroos. Smarty really connects to the kids in these series, especially with fearful Arnold, and she is always happy when he manages to overcome his fears and have fun. She also read Dingoes at Dinnertime this week, which was also well received. I was a bit surprised that she was not more excited to see an actual live baby koala with his mommy in San Francisco zoo, but, of course, they were both fast asleep in the tree.
The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster was recommended by Almost Unschoolers. I wasn’t sure reading this book whether daughter finds it funny or scary, but she opted for funny. Smarty was wondering why she didn’t grow up to the size of Nessie yet, since she eats oatmeal every day for breakfast with great enthusiasm. Apparently, this magic doesn’t quite work on humans. We also discussed whether any part of the story is true, and Smarty expressed big desire to go to Scotland and look for Nessie.
Our poetry book this week was The Big Book of Poetry compiled by Bill Martin Jr. We own and love this book, and the illustrations are awesome! Pretty much every well known illustrator contributed to this book. Smarty loves to read this book on her own and definitely has her favorites. I already recommended this book before, but wanted to highlight it again as a “must-have” for home library or at least “must read” if you can find it in your public library.
I picked up Disney Celebrate the Year with Winnie the Pooh at the library, because the book looked like something Smarty will love – a big fat book full of stories about different holidays. I didn’t really get to read the book, but Smarty was falling asleep with it every night, and is still refusing to give it to the library, so I have to assume that it’s a good age-appropriate book. It also has a craft for each holiday, but they are not especially spectacular, and she didn’t ask me to do any of them.
My personal favorite this week was a rather obscure book – Annie… Anya a Month in Moscow by Irene Trivas. A friend gave this book to us as a present, and I really enjoyed the story even though some parts of it are somewhat dated (the book is written in 1992). An American 5-year old girl Annie spends a month in Moscow and makes friends with a Russian girl named Smarty. There are many Russian words in the book since learning Russian is part of the story. Smarty really enjoyed this book before and kept asking me for more Russian words all evening. This book would be a good find for someone who wants to do a unit on Russia as part of country studies.