This week I did discuss with Smarty 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: The Perfect Pet was recommended by Mama Smiles. Smarty 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.
I was very surprised when Smarty 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 Smarty liked the story because of the “gong farmer” – a person whose job was to clear up the human waste from the castle. Ewww…
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. Smarty 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.
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 Smarty and have some discussions about what our own family looks like. More creative types might choose to draw their own family lives instead.