We haven’t had a specific reading theme this week. I just took Smarty 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 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.
Today 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 Smarty'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.
Smarty 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. Smarty 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.
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. Smarty 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 – Smarty was thrilled to see the hen and the cow parachuting down to Vermont.