Saturday, June 11, 2011

This week I was attending a big conference in Las Vegas, but before my departure we brought quite a few library books home. They only lasted until Wednesday, when my husband made another library run with Anna. I will focus on two books we read together before I left and one book she told me about on the phone.

Amazing Grace

We read Princess Grace by Mary Hoffman a few weeks back, and I was very glad to pick up Amazing Grace book from the same series. In the book Grace wants to play Peter Pan in the school production, and one of her friends points out to her that Peter Pan is not black. Anna interrupted the reading by saying that Grace is not black either. It amused me, because it looks like she doesn’t notice race differences in children, but she does see them in adults. Anyway, it’s a very inspiring book, but might be a bit old for a younger audience.

Happy Birthday Everywhere

Happy Birthday Everywhere by Arlene Erlbach is an interesting non-fiction book on how birthdays are celebrated in different countries around the world. Every page features a country (in alphabetical order), a description of birthday traditions and a craft, a game or a special birthday treat from that country. We just started reading it together, and I hope to pick up next week from where we left off.

Horton Hears the Who

Horton Hears the Who was the book that got special mention in our phone conversation. I was surprised that Anna has decided to read it. She deemed it too scary in the past from looking at the pictures. She is pretty attuned to face expressions, and she saw the conflict without reading a book. She told me that she liked the book even though “it was a little scary” and that she wants to read it together with me, “because then I won’t be so scared”. I don’t think she is quite ready for the movie, because I remember seeing it on the plane and thinking that it’s too intense for my daughter.

9 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Looking at your titles pictured at the top, I see Anna continues to read well above her age. What did she think of Cam Jansen?

Brimful Curiosities said...

Amazing Grace really has a great message. My kids also enjoyed watching the Scholastic video version of that book. As far as Horton, he's one of my favorite characters. We watched the movie once when it aired on TV and the kids didn't seem to find it too scary. I think it helped that they had read the book beforehand.

Ticia said...

I always have liked Horton. It's so cute and lots of fun to read. I'm glad Anna is ready to read it now.

Mom and Kiddo said...

The Birthdays books looks interesting. I'm pretty curious now to know about other birthday traditions.

LitLass said...

The Grace books are really popular with the K and 1st graders at our school library.

artsy_momma said...

I have to get that Happy Birthday Everywhere book for my little guy!

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MaryAnne said...

That birthday book looks great! Emma enjoyed the other Amazing Grace book, so maybe we'll try this one as well.

Jackie H. said...

I think I would enjoy the birthday one. I love learning about other countries! Is it bad that I get all my facts from non-fiction kidlit? ;)