Saturday, June 25, 2011

Somehow this week we ran out of new books really quickly. By Tuesday Anna was complaining bitterly for the rest of the week that she has nothing to read. At least it made her revisit her favorites from our own library and read some of the books many times. We need to start recording her books for our summer reading program. And last week I was able to visit all the blogs that linked up. Hopefully I will be able to do it again going forward :)

Lots and Lots of Coins

Lots and Lots of Coins and Follow the Money were recommended by Living and Learning a few weeks back. Anna really enjoyed Lots and Lots of Coins while Follow the Money was a bit over her head. Even I learned a lot from Lots and Lots of Coins, and we had fun looking at real coins in more detail – something that Anna was not really interested in before reading this book. Now she is planning her very own coin collection, but of course she wants to start it with some rare coins. I have no idea how she plans to obtain them.

The Puppy Place

I finally found the new series that Anna really likes. The Puppy Place by Ellen Miles has very little conflict and focuses on lives and personalities of the puppies that the main character’s family fosters before finding them a “forever home”. The book is relatively long, but the language is pretty simple, Scholastic rates the difficulty level as 2.3-2.5. My husband also tried to get her interested in Geronimo Stinton series, but as I expected she said that Geronimo is too scary. In fact, she expelled the book out of her room in the middle of reading it, because the chapter names had the word “skull in it”. Ugh.

Finders Keepers

We read more books about India this week. Finders Keepers is a story for children written by Robert Arnett who also wrote an adult travelogue about India. We both enjoyed the book that managed to fit a lot of information about India in a story-telling format. It was also timely – we had a lot of discussions about “Do what you ought to do not what you want to do” in the house.

I limit this review to three books this week because I am running out of time :) Let’s see what everyone else was reading this week.

11 comments:

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

We read both of the money books you mentioned a while back, and posted about them, too (http://thegettys.blogspot.com/2011/06/monday-math-fun-money-facts.html)

Jenna and Lauren really like the Puppy Place books, and Geronimo Stilton. Pretty quick reads for them, but they like them. Maybe when Anna gets a bit bigger, she'll like Geronimo Stilton better. Surprisingly enough, they do contain lots of neat facts as part of the story.

MaryAnne said...

I ran out of time to write a post on this this week - hopefully next week!

I did pick up some early readers at Costco this morning, and Emma surprised me by being able to read most of the words when we brought them home. I'm hoping she'll be reading fluently by the end of the summer - ideally to her younger brother and sister!

That puppy place soundsre ally interesting, as does lots and lots of coins!

Kim said...

Crumpet had a tantrum in the library this week, so he got no new books. It's awful - I think I punished myself too. I miss new books...

Ticia said...

That first money book sounds very interesting.

Has she read the Henry and Mudge books? She might enjoy those.

AshHadAns said...

My 5 year old has mentioned the Puppy Place series as one she wants to pick up. I want to make it through the Rainbow Magic Fairy series first, though. Has Anna tried it yet? They're about 65 pages each and they're really cute. We've read through about 5 or 6 sets so far. There's also longer 'special' books.

Jen said...

I've got a new blog hop happening on Fridays...Field Trip Friday! come check it out! :d

Elise said...

Isn't it amazing how one word (or sometimes a picture in Savvy's case) can put a four year old off a book.

Anna would thrive in a K-1 class. I think it is fabulous that you have that flexibility and option available to you. Our system states that the child must be 5 by June 30 in the year they start kindy. Blake misses the cut off by three days. Ironically, each of our children are 21 months apart, but Blakie will have an "extra" year at home (compared to Taleea) and be one of the oldest, whereas Taleea will start kindy the year after Blakie and be one of the youngest in her year. I appreciate that there has to be some sort of guidelines, but I think any system that has a degree of flexibility is far superior.

Your face painting session looks like so much fun. I am going to add this to our holiday fun list.

Brimful Curiosities said...

A little bit late with our post this week. My kids are also recording their books for the summer library program, but I keep forgetting to help them write them down!

Cortney Ophoff said...

I can't wait to try out both of those money books with my son. We are just getting to the concept of money, and allowances, and saving, phew! Thanks for the (passed on) recommendations. :o)

Jen said...

thanks for stopping by! Just FYI the first and original Boxcar Children is not a mystery...somehow it sparked a series of mystery books linked to it though. It's just about some children who have lost their parents and are living in a boxcar in the woods. I think your child is the same as mine, so far he seems to like it, but we haven't gotten past ch 1. haha We are 'off' this week for vacay and reading a bunch of other books!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I think Lots and Lots of Coins is a book we would enjoy here--thank you!