Saturday, July 30, 2011

Gramma's Walk

Our FIAR choice this week was Gramma’s Walk by Anna Grossnickle Hines. It was an interesting book in concept, but a little too obvious in execution. I strongly recommend Anna and Natalie for its brilliant take on people with disabilities. I would say that Gramma’s Walk is better for smaller kids and will work well with “five senses” units. Overall all three “follow up books” I highlight in this post were met with more enthusiasm that this FIAR book.

I kept Ladybug Girl at the Beach out of Anna’s reach Ladybug Girl at the Beachuntil after she actually got a chance to be on a real beach. Of course, “her” beach was very different because of the water temperature. Strangely, it also had very few seashells, we were lucky to find one. Also, unlike the main character of the book, my daughter had no hesitation getting into frigid waters (provided that I was close). Still, she absolutely loved this book of first beach experience since she could connect to it now.

Shells Shells Shells

Shells, Shells, Shells is another book in a great series by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. We read some other books in it, but this particular book was recommended by The Adventures of Bear. I like how these books manage to make some complex concepts accessible for young children and add some humor elements as well. The book is somewhat long for younger kids, but they might still like beautiful illustrations.

Out of the Ocean

Out of the Ocean by Debra Frasier is a great beach book that we enjoyed for the second time. Again, this book was a lot better received after an actual trip to the beach, especially since we had a funny experience when the ocean wave ripped a pail out of Anna’s hands, took it in and then washed it out some time later. Very exciting stuff for a 4 year old :) I loved the illustrations in this book – beautiful.

13 comments:

MaryAnne said...

All of these sound lovely! I need to take my kids to a beach this summer - so far they've only been to a man-made one this year.

Charlene said...

Nathan is sharing some of his favorite crafts of all time..come see his picks.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Way to couple reading with real life! Did you pick Anna and Natalie to read, just because of the title?

Christy said...

I was wondering the same thing as Leah about Anna and Natalie.

R is a big fan of all of the Ladybug Girl books.

We haven't spent much time at the beach this summer because I just don't have the energy for it. It makes me feel a little guilty because R LOVES the beach so much.

Tracey M. said...

I love this link up and all the new book ideas!

What Lives In a Shell looks like one we'll get. I've been thinking of getting a hermit crab and this might be a good introduction.

We also LOVE Toot and Puddle. The Kitten in the Cold sounds like a sweet story.

Thanks for hosting!

Ticia said...

I read that Ladybug Girl book at the store and need to go back and get it soon, we love that entire series.

We had the same experience at the beach, very hard to find many shells.

Debbie said...

All the books sound great! I agree with Leah about how you used all the ocean books with a real life experience.

Elise said...

I had the same thought as Leah and Christy about the book featuring your names.

It's special to enjoy books that reflect real life experiences.

We still have a whole month of winter left, yet when I went to the shops yesterday they were selling swimsuits. I saw some particularly adorable ones for Miss Taleea but they were not practical and sun safe for our harsh Aussie sun.

Elise said...

I had the same thought as Leah and Christy about the book featuring your names.

It's special to enjoy books that reflect real life experiences.

We still have a whole month of winter left, yet when I went to the shops yesterday they were selling swimsuits. I saw some particularly adorable ones for Miss Taleea but they were not practical and sun safe for our harsh Aussie sun.

Julie said...

M loved the Ladybug Girl at the Beach book. I thought it was a cute story too. I hope to get back into sharing our books soon. It's been a very busy summer and blogging has been on the back burner for a while.

Cortney said...

We haven't read any of these yet, which is too bad since we just spent a week at the beach. I love your pairing, and it sounds like you had a great time.

Amanda said...

I will have to check into the Ladybug Girl book series, sounds like something my dd would like.

Isil said...

All of these books are new to us. Will look them up. Thanks for linking up to Book Sharing Monday.xxx