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 Smarty's reach until 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 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 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 Smarty'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.