Saturday, May 14, 2011



It was a rare week when daughter seemed to be more interesting in playing than in reading during her “rest time”, and I am quite excited about it. Even though I love that she loves reading so much, I also think that it’s important for her to actually do things, not just to read about them. Here are a few of her reading picks from the week.
Rebecca Passover
Smarty picked up Rebecca’s Passover in the library and it was clearly her favorite book of the week. Last year she was terrified by the idea of the plagues, but now she was very fascinated with them and asked innumerable questions. The book does a really good job explaining a pretty complicated ritual. It is fairly long, therefore it was her favorite pick for reading before bed. Smarty's favorite part was an unexpected arrival of a special visitor.
Mr Bear
We really like books written and illustrated by Debi Gliori, and Smarty really enjoyed our latest read – Mr Bear to the Rescue. She was already familiar with the characters from another Mr Bear book that we read recently and was delighted to meet them again in this suspenseful (but not scary) story of brave rescue in the stormy night. The story might still be a bit long for younger kids, but 3+ book lovers will surely find it engaging.
Mr Putter and Tabby See Stars
Mr Putter & Tabby is another of easy reader series by Cynthia Rylant. Seriously, I can’t imagine how one person can be so prolific and rather good (for her target audience) at the same time. Smarty was never too intrigued by Henry and Mudge, but she is always looking forward to reading Mr Putter books. Maybe, like myself, she is a cat person, not a dog person :) She keeps looking for Mr Putter & Tabby Catch a Cold, since she just loves reading about someone getting sick recently or she invents her own stories about sick people.
Beezus and Ramona
I was curious to see how my daughter will like Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary (our library had only this movie tie-in edition available when I looked for the first book in the series). I read Smarty the first chapter, and then she took over from me. It didn’t seem that she was very taken by Ramona – she was horrified by the fact that she wrote in the library book. In many ways Smarty seems to be more like Beezus than Ramona even though she is Ramona’s age. I plan to continue to read it to her hoping that she will ask more questions, and I will pick the next book in the series before starting Kindergarten.

17 comments:

MaryAnne said...

I never identified with Ramona much, but I did enjoy the book series. I'm curious to see how Emma reacts to it - I bought a copy, but so far she has zero interest in my reading it aloud to her.

Michelle said...

My daughter (6) and I are very much like Beezus. Ramona truly makes us shake our heads! This was a favorite of mine growing up, so we would read it at bedtime. When the movie started previewing we went CRAZY for it! haa! We saw it opening weekend together and really enjoyed the movie!

Ticia said...

I read everything Beverly Cleary wrote, and then read it all again. She's got a great series in her Ramona books. I seem to remember really liking the Henry Muggins ones (that may not be the right name) from that series of books.

The girl who painted trees said...

I am currently reading Emily's Runaway Imagination to Bear and then we will move on to the Ramona series. I loved those books as a girl. I can't believe Anna can read those herself! She is a fantastic reader!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Beverly Cleary is absolutely my favorite children's author - she could be writing my childhood - except I think my family was more like Henry Huggins'. I really like Ralph S. Mouse - but that's more of a boys book, I think.

Christy said...

I love Beverly Cleary. I have not introduced R to Ramona yet, but hope to in the near future. C likes Henry Huggins and Ralph S. Mouse.

RedTedArt said...

More books for me to add to the list! Thanks as ever for fab and honest reviews!

Tracey M. said...

I love the Yucky Worms book. We're in a season (which I love) where yucky and icky are great fun. Mr. Bear looks like another fun Bear series we could get into.

Thanks for the link up and great book ideas!

Mom and Kiddo said...

Argh. How did I miss another week of your link up. I meant to join in this week but it passed me by! I agree about Rylant. Her books are really wonderful. And as far as Ramona goes, I prefer the Henry Huggins series, which I have been reading to Kiddo. There is a chapter in Henry and the Clubhouse in which Ramona gets her comeupance and Kiddo laughed hysterically.

kewkew said...

I have been debating reading some Ramona books. We read a chapter book at bedtime. Right now we are working our way through Little House in the Big Woods. I though it would be a good book, having not read it for so many years. Then I thought maybe it was way to far over her head. But she seems to look forward to it every night and she gets upset if we can't read it. We are almost done with it and I am debating what to read next.

Joyful Learner said...

I lOved Ramona books as a kid so I ended up writing a paper on Beverly Cleary. I loved her gentle sense of humor and Ramona was my favorite! I think K might prefer Beezus too as she prefers Jack over Annie. We're now reading Blast from the Past to learn about Disney's life. It's amazing what our girls can read on their own! I have yet to find anything she couldn't read on her own. It's finding books that are not too adult that's important. Beverly Cleary is certainly great for kids of all ages!

Joyful Learner said...

Sorry, I meant Blast to the Past. Great books!

Fun Mama - Deanna said...

I just learned yesterday that my 4 year old will sit for chapter books with minimal illustrations. Her 8 year old cousin was reading her a book by Raold Dahl and my daughter was eating it up!

Jackie H. said...

I'm a cat person too ;) Love the Ramona books-- and everything Beverly Cleary wrote!

Julie said...

We have Beezus and Ramona, which came in a package I won from HarperCollins recently. I had thought it would be a while before she'd want me to read it to her, but maybe I should try soon.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Hanna liked the Ramona books when she was younger. I never cared for them. I've been wanting to watch the movie though with Hanna. It looks cute.

Maybe I'll have Joe read some of the Mr. Putter books.

As for the Boxcar Children, Joe loves them! I hope Anna will too.

The girl who painted trees said...

Bear is loving the Mr. Putter books. Thanks for the recommendation!