Saturday, April 30, 2011

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 Anna didn’t have any problems picking her favorite books, and for once our picks were the same with one exception.

Crepes by Suzette

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 Anna 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!

See Inside Planet Earth

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. Anna 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.

All Kinds of FamiliesMary 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.

LaRue Across America

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.

15 comments:

RedTedArt said...

Oh my another set of wonderful looking books! Like the sound of All Kinds of Families and will have to keep an eye out for it!

Thanks

Maggy

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I was hoping you'd say there was a recipe at the back of Crepes by Suzette! You know that one is going on my list :)

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I have never understood sarcasm in children's books. It's so hard for a preschooler to understand, and so kind of pointless in my opinion. :) Love the Crepes by Suzette - sounds so cute!

Ticia said...

The La Rue books are geared more for a first/second grade level. I remember reading them to my class and the kids liking it a lot. They're starting to get sarcasm then.

The girl who painted trees said...

I posted about Crepes by Suzette here http://theadventuresofbear.blogspot.com/2010/07/crepes-by-suzette.html
We loved it. I grew up on crepes! My mom would make seafood ones for her and my dad and my sis and I would get sugary ones with melted butter and brown sugar. Definitely not something I would allow Bear or j-jo to indulge in yet. They eat them with jam and sometimes vanilla icecream if it is desert:)

Joyful Learner said...

I don't know about sarcasm but sometimes kids like word play.

MaryAnne said...

I have really enjoyed the Storied Cities "April in Paris" series!

Also, we borrowed that poetry book you recommended last week, and liked it so well that I ordered a copy for us to keep! Thanks for a great recommendation!!!

Mom and Kiddo said...

Thanks for the Storied Cities shout out! You can see I haven't been very bloggy lately. Maybe soon we will join your link up again.

Kylie said...

All Kinds of Families sounds delightful, thanks for sharing the one :-)

Christy said...

We haven't read any of these books! I am totally craving crepes now though!!!!!!

johanna said...

which of Mary Ann Hoberman books are the best i would like to try one with my son ?

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

Looks like a great selection of books! I haven't read many of these and will have to look for them.
I have read about the "All Kinds of Families" book in several places lately, and I've also been really enjoying Storied Cities selections :)

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Wow -- 30 books a week is amazing!! I love how enthusiastic Anna is about reading -- it's contagious! :-)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What great books! JDaniel would probably love LaRue.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

See Inside Planet Earth sounds really neat!