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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.