This reading week was great – we had two trips in the library, so Smarty hasn’t run out of books to read. Still every day she wreaks havoc on her own bookshelves and usually books are covering all available surfaces on her room after her “rest time”.
Even though we are currently in France for our virtual journey, I couldn’t pass A Walk in London by Salvatore Rubbino. Both Smarty and I enjoyed it a lot. The story is told by a small girl who spends the day in central London and she is focusing on all the things that are interesting to a child – a boat trip on the Thames River, bronze lions on the Trafalgar Square, The Whispering Gallery of St Paul’s Cathedral and so on. Illustrations are beautiful, and now Smarty begs to go to London. The same author has A Walk in New York, and I hope that he will continue with the series.
Since our science topic of the week was human body, we read a lot of books about human body – both from the library and our own bookshelves. One of our new favorites was My Body Your Body by Mick Manning that I can also recommend for younger children. Each double page talks about some part of human body and gives some interesting facts about this body part from the world of animals.
When Smarty saw Slow Down for Manatees by Jim Arnosky (I found it on the “New Arrivals” shelf) she informed me that she already read this book in school and that is one of her all time favorite books. For some reason she loves the books where someone gets hurt but then recovers successfully. I really liked illustrations in the book even though some of them don’t quite match the story line. Now she keeps telling me that she would really like to see a real manatee, but unfortunately our aquariums don’t have them.
Smarty chose Hound at the Hospital from Animal Ark series as a reward book from our library reading program. She didn’t like the book at first since the story setting was kind of slow with a lot of unfamiliar places and acronyms, so we read and discussed the first chapter together. Once she figured out who is who, she was off to the races and really enjoyed the story. My daughter is clearly going to be a medical drama lover based on her story preferences. She is also still reading through A Puppy Place series with a couple of new books every week.