I was thinking of doing a FIAR on How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World during our plane ride to NJ, but both of us felt rather lazy and preferred to enjoy in-seat entertainment. For the part of the ride Smarty was busy reading Pup at the Palace, a book in her current favorite series Animal Ark by Ben M. Baglio. A person sitting next to us on the plane couldn’t believe that she is really reading this book (grade level equivalent 4.5) until daughter helpfully read a couple of pages aloud. Here are some of her other favorites of the week.
First Painter was a random library find. Smarty enjoyed books about “first people” a couple of months ago, and it was interesting to see how much she remembered from those readings when we were talking about this book. We also talked about which parts of the book are “true” and which parts of the book are “make believe” (for this particular book the answer might depend on your religious beliefs).
I requested An Apple Pie For Dinner by Susan Vanhecke from the library to accompany How To Make An Apple Pie book for FIAR. We both really enjoyed the story (trading one thing for another until you get what you were after in the first place), but the highlight of the book are bas-relief illustrations by Carol Baicker-McKee. I just wish I had the talent to create this kind of art!
I think pretty much every person who is interested in self-help literature heard about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I thought that its reincarnation for the youngest audience was not bad. Smarty enjoyed the stories, except the one about teamwork, but she was not at all interested in the discussion points offered in the book. She especially liked the story about “listening first”, but just laughed at the suggestion of spending an hour listening and not talking. Perhaps it will be better received a few years down the road.
Maggie and Max by Ellen Miles was another reading highlight of the week for Smarty. This book is from another pet series she enjoys – Puppy Place. Smarty was thrilled to discover a book featuring a puppy and a kitten, since she is actually a cat person, not a dog person. By the way, perhaps someone can recommend some good chapter books about cats? I don’t read this series with Smarty, but she gives me a summary after each book. Now I just have to keep track of all the books she already read and keep bringing new ones from the library.