Saturday, June 4, 2011

This week I did discuss with Anna her favorites of the week. Her “long books” for independent reading were Little House on the Prairie and original Stuart Little. She enjoyed both of them, but said that some parts of Stuart Little were scary. Apparently the wild Indians in Little House are not as scary as a cat chasing Stuart Little.

Wanted Pet

Wanted: The Perfect Pet was recommended by Mama Smiles. Anna quite liked the story, but she was especially intrigued by one page of mock newspaper ads. I ended up reading this book to her two times just so she could ask me more questions about the ads starting with what they are for and then why they advertise strange things (for example, a time machine). I really liked the ending of the story, where she had more discussions on the use of the dictionary.

Come to the Castle

I was very surprised when Anna selected Come to the Castle by Linda Ashman/S.D. Schindler as one of her favorites. It is definitely a story for older kids, both in length and in content. At least each short story about castle inhabitants rhymes and gives an interesting insight into the life of a medieval castle. I suspect Anna liked the story because of the “gong farmer” – a person whose job was to clear up the human waste from the castle. Ewww…

Anansi Party Time

Anansi’s Party Time by Eric Kimmel was a more predictable favorite. It’s a funny story where Anansi the trickster gets tricked instead. We read a similar Anansi story before, but this one was beautifully illustrated by Janet Stevens. Anna was giggling a lot on the pages when the turtle kept coming back home for more things for Anansi’s party, and then was playing out the story in her own way.

Big Book of Families

The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman/Ros Asquith could be a great book to read during “family” theme in school. I didn’t get to read the whole book, but I looked at some pages and enjoyed both the texts and the illustrations. Every page deals with a different aspect of family life – family composition, pets, vacations, holidays, etc. I still want to read it together with Anna and have some discussions about what our own family looks like. More creative types might choose to draw their own family lives instead.

12 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Laura has her parents to protect her, but Stuart is pretty much on his own when it comes to facing danger - I wonder if that made a difference for Anna.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I had to laugh about Stuart Little - Matthew really got hung up on the "scary" parts too, lol. The cats chasing him and then talking about eating the bird. Goodness, I think we had to rehash several scenes from that book a hundred times as he worked it all out. :) It ended up being one of his all-time favorites though, so go figure.

We've read some Anansi books, but I just can't get into them and Matthew doesn't seem to care one way or the other. It's been a while, so maybe we'll give them another try soon.

Definitely going to wait before reading the Castle one (Ew!) - I'm sure Matthew would be as intrigued with the "gong farmer" as Anna, lol. :)

Christy said...

C loved Stuart Little. R might be scared by it though. Nothing seems to frighten C.

Fun Mama - Deanna said...

I just requested Wanted: The Perfect Pet, thanks to your recommendation. It sounds like fun.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I'm afraid I just can't read books about spiders.

The girl who painted trees said...

I wonder if bear will be willing to read Little House to herself by the time she gets to be Anna's age. She has suddenly burst into binge reading of books and doesn't get as intimidated by lots of text like before. It's amazing to watch her growth and see her confidence build.

musicalmary said...

Hi ~ just found your blog this morning. I will have to link up next week with what we are reading! I have two children (9 and 6) who are voracious readers. I love your blog and I'm following you now!

Julie said...

Interesting picks this week. Funny that she was more worried about Stuart Little than the people in Little House. That castle book sounds good.

Ticia said...

My kids would probably find the gong farmer interesting as well.

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

Well, what do you know, I actually got a post written this week to link up! :)

I think that the castle book sounds interesting. Even with the "ewww" factor, I bet it would fit well with some other things we've been reading.

Jackie H. said...

I'd love to check out the Great Big Book of Families. Could be a great one to add to our Father's Day Favorites!

MaryAnne said...

Those were some quirky newspaper ads!

Anansi's Party Time sounds like a book my kids would enjoy =)