Saturday, April 9, 2011

We love our library – a modern building with a wonderful collection of books and media for children and fantastic collection of programs. But we also love getting new books for our home library – to love and cherish them for a long time and eventually to pass them on to friends and other lovers of books. The last library book sale was great, and we expanded our collection quite a bit. Anna’s favorite chapter book from this week was Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She already listened to the story several times as an audio book (which we also own), so she went through the book itself very quickly. I suspect that she only read her favorite parts :)

Rikki Tikki Tavi

Anna kept talking about mongooses fighting poisonous snakes since reading about them in Wild Animals book, so I thought that she might appreciate one of the favorite books of my own childhood – Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. I had the whole collection of Kipling stories, and they were beautifully translated into Russian. The story is quite intense, but Anna absolutely loved it. It was by far most favorite book of the week. She asked innumerable questions and announced that she is going to read every night until it’s time to return this book to the library. Hand Rhymes

April is National Poetry Month, and I have a resolution to read  more poetry books with Anna this month. Anna loves Marc Browns’ books, and I picked up this collection of hand rhymes at the library. She really enjoyed reading the rhymes and learning hand movements, and perhaps we can also try to play some of them with puppets. The book is also nicely illustrated in distinctive Marc Brown’s style.

Big Words

Every book by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell pair was a hit in our house. So when I saw Big Words for Little People at the library book sale, I grabbed it for our home library. The illustration style of Laura Cornell works really well for the story, and Anna loved discussing “big words” with me. I think it explains “inconsiderate” really well, and I am starting to call Anna on her inconsiderate behaviors more often now when she can actually understand what I am talking about.

Three More Stories to Dog

I stumbled upon this easy chapter book in the library and remembered that someone has mentioned it in previous WMCIR entries. I will definitely be looking for other entries in these series by Sara Swan Miller, because the stories are hilarious. Anna really enjoyed them even though she doesn’t really want a dog. Her favorite was the first one – To the Vet. She keeps saying that she wants a pet fish for her birthday – we will see if she changes her mind in 6 months.

11 comments:

Ticia said...

I loved Rikki Tikki Tavi as a kid too. I haven't tried my kids on it yet.

Christy said...

C LOVES Rikki Tikki Tavi - we actually have the DVD to go with the book. We also own the Jamie Lee Curtis book. I'm going to look for that last book!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Yes, Riki Tiki Tavi was a favorite for me, too - though more from the '70's animated television special than the written story. Did they translate that into Russian too? If not - you can find it on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CrEX4MxAzA

and join the American experience :)

Katie said...

I immediately smiled when I saw the title Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. Isn't great how books can take you back?

Bona Fide Mama said...

The easy reader of stories you can read to your dog sounds like something Hunter might like to try. It's sooooo hard to get him to try reading probably because most easy readers are LAME to him ;)

MaryAnne said...

That last book sounds like one Emma would LOVE!

Katie said...

Thank you so much for the kind comments on my blog! It really means a lot.

Viki and David said...

Have you check out Child's Garden of Verses? Also Dogku. It's haikhus about a doggy. :) I am going to post a book faves and link up one week soon.

I disliked reading Rikki Tikki Tavi as a child because I have a crippling phobia of snakes. However, I still remember how he described the light and pattern on the rug going on 30 yrs later. I wonder what images and passaged will stick with our kiddos in so many years.

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

So many great titles!

We also love to add to our home library, even though we spend tons of time at our public library :) To me, having a home library adds so much of a feeling of wealth to our lives.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Ooooo... Rikki Tikki Tavi is one of my favorites from childhood too!! How lovely that Anna enjoyed it so much!!! I just added it to our library list for this week -- thanks!!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I or my children (to my knowledge) have never read Rikki Tikki Tavi. I am requesting this one tonight Natalie. I also hope our library has Big Words for Little People. It sounds like a wonderful one for Joe. He asks the meaning of "big words" all the time. As always, thank you!!