Saturday, May 28, 2011

What My Child Is Reading – May 28, 2011

Usually I read Anna one or two picture books before bed, but this week was somewhat different. I held on to two books that I wanted to read together, since I didn’t think she can comprehend them on her own. Anna was pouting every night begging for me to leave these books in her bed so she can read them herself. It’s too funny to fight with your four year old because she wants to read more than I am willing to let her, but this seems to be the norm here. My review this week will be limited mostly to the books we read together, since I didn’t have time to discuss Anna’s favorites with her.


Anna really liked Anansi the Spider story by Gerald McDermott. She liked enough to ask me to read it to her, so she could talk about it. We discussed what super powers she would love to have, and she chose “worry seer”. She does seem to be very inclined to worry ahead – just like me. People with more art imagination and more free time could do a lot to extend this story with art, and it is short enough for younger kids to enjoy too.

Dodsworth in London

We are tackling United Kingdom in our country studies, and so you might notice a pattern in the books we read together. Dodsworth in London by Tim Egan. To be honest, neither of us was thrilled by the book. Anna didn’t have enough context for landmarks mentioned in the story and most of the time they were not in the illustrations either. I forgot by now how boring it can be to read an early reader book where all the sentences seem to stop in the middle. Anna never reached to reread this book on her own, so overall it was a flop.

Look What Came to England

Look What Came to England made the repeat visit this week. We read this book about a year ago, but this time Anna was more interested in details. She was fascinated to learn that a lot of her favorite nursery rhymes as well as trains, TV, spring mattresses and lawn mowers. I think the book was also a lot more successful because I didn’t allow her to skim through it until we finished it together.

Since Anna likes The Magic Tree House now, I had this “brilliant” idea to introduce her to the original legends of King Arthur, especially since they King Arthurare also set in England. It is a little embarrassing to admit, but I only knew bits and pieces of these stories. The movies that I watched didn’t stay with me for long, but they surely came back when I started reading Anna King Arhur and the Knights of the Round Table and paged to the end of the book. Oops! We have only dipped our toes into the first chapters, and things are already getting quite intense. Now I have to figure out how to wean Anna off this book, since she is very interested and wants to know what happens next.


Christy said...

We read Anansi the Spider a year or so ago and really liked it; I should get it again.

Oh no about King Arthur - keep us posted about what you do.

MaryAnne said...

I like Anansi the Spider too!

I remember reading King Arther stories when I was 9 or 10 and being a little horrified at the content. Maybe Robin Hood stories would work better? Although I'd probably read them first - they may also be quite intense!

I remember my mom banning books until the housework/practicing was done on a fairly regular basis.

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

We've enjoyed Dodsworth stories before. I'm not sure if I've seen the London one...I need to look for that.

Yes, King Arthur can be pretty intense. We are actually listening to "The Sword in the Stone" by T.H. White on audio right now.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Oh, I'm sorry she didn't like Dodsworth, I think they are so funny. But it's true that the humor is very tongue in cheek, so not as easy for little kids to latch on to.

Ticia said...

I always liked Anansi the Spider.

I've learned the hard way to preview books before reading them to the kids. Not that I always remember....

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I guess I've never read the King Arthur legend - I take it's not G rated. Maybe try switching Anna over to Half Magic (I recommend the audio book) - it mentions King Arthur and the knights, and might distract her :)

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

Half Magic is an excellent idea!
By the way, The Sword in the Stone is good and the story isn't too intense at this point, but the language is a bit difficult to follow some of the time. There are at least two more books in the series, but I'm not sure we'll do those right away.

Julie said...

We read the Classic Starts version of King Arthur and it wasn't too bad, although people definitely die. Maybe you could check that out and see if you could switch over to that version. I was surprised, though, at how bad Morgana Le Fay is in the stories of King Arthur. She's a "good guy" in the Magic Tree House books, isn't she?

Debbie said...

I am not ready to introduce such intense reading to Selena yet. I didn't post our books this week, as Selena discovered the books we were going to send to her brother, now that package is going to be delayed. She informed me, that it just isn't happening, these are her books.

Elise said...

Recently, I read through a version of Little Red Riding Hood before reading it to Savvy. In this particular version, the wolf was cut with a knife so that onions could be put inside him and then the wolf was stitched back up again - too graphic for Savvy and not something I wanted to expose her to.

I was interested to read the suggestions that others have mentioned here as I was curious about a solution for Anna.

Fun Mama - Deanna said...

Maybe try King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable by Marcia Williams. It's comic book style, and may be less intense (I've not seen it - just a suggestion).
I read my daughter a version of Little Red Riding Hood where the wolf's head gets chopped off and out pop Red and Granny. I was reluctant to read it to a 4 year old, but she likes the justice of the wolf getting punished. This age is very black and white, and likes knowing that the punishment fits the crime, I guess.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

We love Anansi the Spider here too!

I still find so many great books through this linky Natalie--every single week. Thank you!!

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