Saturday, May 7, 2011


Without much delay this week, here are our top books:
Little Golder Books
I found this thick Treasury of Little Golden Books in the library, and it’s positively Smarty's avorite book of the week. The book was criticized in Amazon reviews because the font and the pictures are smaller than in original Little Golden Books, but my daughter doesn’t mind. She is happily reading through the stories on her own and enjoys them since they are very age-appropriate (on a younger side sometimes). I think we are going to get this book for our home library, since I think she can enjoy it for a few years still.
The Perfect Pet
The Perfect Pet by Margie Palatini was a random find that we both enjoyed. I liked that in the book the parents didn’t bow to the pressure of their daughter to get a pet. Usually the stories like that end with parents caving in, and I don’t like my daughter to think that this is going to work here. In the end of The Perfect Pet the main character does get a pet, but you have to read a book to find out what kind of pet it was.
Mother Day Mice
I couldn’t pass by The Mother’s Day Mice that was created by one of my favorite authors Eve Bunting and illustrated by Jan Brett. The story is lovely and has just enough action and suspense to keep it interesting but not scary for younger kids. I loved that one of the presents on Mother’s Day ended up to be something that is not “material” even though every child put a lot of thought and effort into theirs. Great read for Mother’s Day!
Princess Grace
I admit that I picked up Princess Grace by Mary Hoffman in the library because of the cover. But I was even more excited when I looked through the story. For once, here comes a book about princesses that I can enjoy reading with my daughter. I consider myself a liberal feminist even though in certain circles it’s almost a swear word, and I want to raise my daughter to be a strong and intelligent woman. I want her to read books about strong, smart and brave women, and this book definitely fits the bill. However… the girls and moms who are totally into pink and feminine things will enjoy the book as well.

16 comments:

MaryAnne said...

I think my kids would enjoy all of these books! Thanks for the recommendations!

Katie said...

I thought that the Golden Book treasury looked like a great find! The only reason I haven't picked it up at our library is we own almost all the books within it.

Sherry said...

Oh, I forgot about Mother's Day Mice! We have it and G has really enjoyed it in years past. I need to pull it off his shelf so that maybe it'll get read tomorrow. :)

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I wrote about some Little Golden Books this week too - definitely Matthew's favorites too! Such great stories! I agree that they are good for a child to read on their own - nothing too grown up in them. I think we'd like Mother's Day Mice... too bad we aren't going to the library today. All of your books look great!

Joyful Learner said...

I'm a liberal feminist too but I've learned to love the feminine parts as well, mostly influenced by my strong and independent girly girl! ;)

Great books!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I loved the Little Golden Books when I was a child, too.

I think you needed to grow up in this country in the '70s to understand why "liberal feminist" is often a swear word to women of our age - the feminist movement has gone through a number phases, and wasn't always as down to earth, and palatable as it can be today, though we probably wouldn't have the comfortable and pratical feminism we have now, without the militant, in-your-face feminism we had then.

Ticia said...

I love Mother's Day Mice, I agree Eve Bunting is a favorite of mine too. I hadn't realized Jan Brett has illustrated that book.

Debbie said...

I agree with Leah, about why the term liberal feminist is seen as a swear word to women our age. I however feel that with balance a young child can experience both sides of this issue. Great books this week!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love Eve Bunting too. Her St. Patrick's Day book is a favorite.

Happy Mother's Day!

Mom and Kiddo said...

Arrrgh. I missed another week! I'm sure you can guess my take on liberal feminism... :) I've probably been known to use "tea partier" as a swear word, but I'm trying to behave myself as much as possible. :)

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

"The Mother's Day Mice" looks so cute! and I'm pretty sure I've read "Princess Grace" before. I think there are some other Grace stories, too. Very good selections!

(I plan to have a post to link eventually)

Julie said...

We have a different collection of Little Golden Books that M received as a gift a couple years ago, and we absolutely love it! It looks like that one has a lot of the same books ours has. My kids' favorites are Poky Little Puppy and The Color Kittens.

Fun Mama - Deanna said...

I'm a liberal feminist too, and for a long time I had trouble reconciling the pink princesses with the strong woman I want to present to my daughter. I think there's room for both. I need to check out that book.
I love Golden Books! I feel like they get a bad rap for not being "literature" but if it had not been for those, I would not have had books of my own as a child.
Also, gotta say I love Jan Brett.

Bona Fide Mama said...

Oh that treasury is spectacular! How cool!

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

Love when we find a classic at the library that is enjoyed so much we have to make it our own. Happened recently with Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day? Thanks for linking up at Feed Me Books Friday!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I LOVE Little Golden Books. My mom has so many at her house from when I was a child. I always enjoy reading them to the boys.