Another month has gone with so many good books read. Our average is about 30 new books a week, so I always barely scratch the surface even with an Amazon widget. However, this week Smarty didn’t have any problems picking her favorite books, and for once our picks were the same with one exception.
Crepes by Suzette by Monica Wellington was recommended by Storied Cities as part of “April in Paris” series, and it was hands-down favorite for both of us. I lived in Paris for more than a year, so this book brought up a lot of longing to visit this wonderful city again and see all those places for real. I was surprised and pleased that Smarty could match some of the artwork in this book to another Monica Wellington’s book Squeaking of Art that we read and reviewed before. She loved pointing out familiar details and enjoyed the story of various people buying crepes from the street vendor. We are yet to make crepes from the recipe in the book, but it’s on my list!
I am very grateful to have a terrific library close to where we live. Our previous library had good children book section, but most of the books were heavily used, which made flap books not very useful. This library has this brand new Usborne See Inside books, and we definitely take advantage of them. Smarty enjoys flap books, and she learned a lot about our planet from this book – just in time for the Earth Day. She continued to enjoy this book this week and picked it as one of her favorites. The book focuses a lot on climate change, so people who don’t believe in human impact on climate might find it somewhat biased. It generated a lot of discussions about how we can reduce our CO2 footprint.
Mary Ann Hoberman is our most loved poet. We read a lot of her books, and they were all instant hits. All Kinds of Families made a repeat visit this week, and I also love illustrations by Marc Boutavant. The story rhymes well, and more musically inclined people could probably turn it into a song. This book also opens a door for all kinds of sorting play that my daughter chooses from time to time and an opportunity to look for unexpected “families” around us.
Our opinions split on LaRue Across America by Mark Teague. We haven’t read any previous LaRue books and while I enjoyed the illustrations and the map, I really wasn’t sure what the target audience for the actual story was expected to be. Sarcasm is not something that my 4 year old understands, and there were innumerable “why” on each page, many of which I was not able to explain. However, she did love the book, and her favorite part that LaRue’s “died in the Death Valley”. She found this twist very amusing. Therefore I am sure she will be delighted to receive her own copy of this book that we won at Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile giveaway.