Saturday, August 20, 2011

What My Child Is Reading – August 20, 2012

We haven’t had a specific reading theme this week. I just took Anna to the library and she picked a big bunch of easy readers and picture books from the shelves. I added some more school themed books to her selections, and she also continues to read the chapter books from The Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles.

Meet the Barkers

Meet the Barkers by Tomie dePaola was my favorite from the new batch of school-related books that we read. I like how the story focuses on the fact that getting gold stars and being the smartest pup is not everything, and that making friends is also important. This is the message that I hope my daughter takes to heart, because she can be a bit bossy at times. It was also good to read a book by Tomie dePaola that has a very different subject than legends and biblical stories.

CircusToday we are going to the circus for the first time! I got Peter Spier’s Circus to give daughter an overview of what circus is all about. The book has Peter Spier’s signature super-detailed drawing, but it also had enough story to keep Anna’s interest. I loved that each act was done by someone from a different country, so it was also a geography book at the same time. I am only worried that this book set expectations super high for a real circus, since it had so many amazing acts, including many different animal acts.

The Watcher

Anna loved The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps so much that she asked me to read it to her twice in a row. This picture book talks about the life of this amazing woman in the way appropriate for young children. Anna said that American president should make a law forbidding using chimps in research, and I quite agree with her. Her favorite part, however, was a relationship between Jane and David Greybeard.

How to make an apple pie

I planned to do a FIAR week on How to Make an Apple Pie and see the World by Marjorie Priceman, but with the travel and vacation time we didn’t really get to it. Anna did, however, do a reading response page for this book, since she identified it as a favorite of the week. Her favorite part was a leopard napping under a kurundu tree in Sri Lanka. We also looked up all the locations on the world map. We both enjoyed the humor of the book – Anna was thrilled to see the hen and the cow parachuting down to Vermont.

14 comments:

Savannah McQueen said...

Thanks for hosting this. I'll link up on Monday. I'm suffering from blog post exhaustion and am taking the weekend off. What a great idea this is!

Ticia said...

When you said that about Tomie DePaola I immediately wanted to say "That's not true," but then I realized he does have a lot of books in that theme, but there are some others.......

MaryAnne said...

These all sound fantastic! I love Peter Spier's illustrations, but haven't read "Circus!" Thanks for all of the recommendations!

kewkew said...

The Circus book sounds great. I love that each act is done by someone from a different country. I also really like the sound of The Watcher.
We were going to start our FIAR year with Apple Pie, but because of all the construction around town I decided to go with Mike Mulligan. Apple Pie will be our second row and then I plan on using the books in Vol 1 that take place in the countries mentioned in Apple Pie (Italy, France and back to New England with Night of the Moonjellies. Unfortunately there are no books set in England in Vol 1).

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I was going to get the apple pie book in, because our apples are just about ready, but the children informed me they don't care for apple pie, and would rather make applesauce - sigh. Have a great time at the circus!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

She made such wonderful choices. The Watcher looks just wonderful.

Debbie said...

I've been hearing a lot about the Apple Pie book. I told myself the other day we have to set aside one day devoted to library. We live a little further from it now, it's not as convenient to get to. Though we still have tons of books here that we haven't read.

Mom and Kiddo said...

We love the Apple Pie book, too. I also love Pieter Spier's Rain.

Elise said...

After we went to the circus for the first time we bought Peter Spier's Circus book too. We enjoyed all the details that this book had to offer.

I think Savvy would also appreciate The Watcher.

I always look forward to learning about the books you are reading.

Kelly said...

Hope you had a great time at the circus. We haven't taken any of the kids yet...maybe next year. I'll have to look for that book.
Little Wonders' Days

I Thought I Knew Mama said...

Thanks for hosting! I'm glad to have found you through Book Sharing Monday.

I would love to get that Jane Goodall book! I love all of her adult books and it would be so nice to have one for Baby too.

Cortney said...

Wow, lots of great books here. I love the sound of the drawings and countries of Peter Spier's Circus, and am completely in love with the idea of The Watcher. I can't believe I've never seen that one before. The Apple Pie book is on our FIAR list for this year, so I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it even if you didn't delve into it.

Jackie H. said...

You're right, that first book doesn't even look like a DePaola book, interesting. I love Peter Spier's Christmas so I'm sure we'd love the circus book. Great suggestions and thanks for hosting as always!

hey said...

The Watcher is new to us. That is definitely a book that will be a huge hit in our home, with both Mommy and kiddos!
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