Saturday, September 17, 2011

I dedicate this week review to the books by one of our favorite authors – Kevin Henkes.
Chrysanthemum was Smarty's kindergarten book assignment this week. We were supposed to read it with her four times and then she needed to answer some questions from the book. When she saw the book, she promptly informed me that she is not interested in reading it, because I read it in preschool, at home, in the library and I know it already. I challenged her to retell the story to me, and she did it, often quoting the story word by word. I was amused especially considering that she hasn’t seen this book in several months. So I gave up on Chrysanthemum (a good book, by the way!) and instead brought home almost every other Kevin Henkes book that our library had on its shelves).
Lily Big Day
Smarty’s favorite of the week was Lilly’s Big Day where she met again the main character from Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (she read that book earlier). She was very entertained by the story line predicting correctly what will happen next, but then she didn’t quite get an ending on the first or second reading. She kept saying that Lilly didn’t get what she wanted. After some time she was able to finally grasp that Lilly did, after all, get very close to her dream. Anyway, fun book.
Julius the baby of the world
I thought that Julius, the Baby of the World is one of a few books that don’t sugarcoat the feelings an older “formerly only child” might experience towards a younger sibling. Lilly is not at all excited about her new brother and all the attention her parents are showering on him. She designs clever schemes to “counterbalance” that attention. Nothing works until someone else makes unfavorable remarks about her little brother. It’s a great book for new brothers and sisters, but Smarty commented that she is very glad to stay an only child :)
Owen was definitely my favorite book of the week, but Smarty liked it a lot as well. It was very relevant for her, since she is very attached to her own “green blankie” (that's his name). When we were reading through the part when Fuzzy was supposed to go to the “blankie fairy”, Smarty's eyes got big as saucers, she grabbed her blankie and stated that he never goes to the blankie fairy. Luckily, Fuzzy didn’t go to the blankie fairy either. It’s a very sweet book, and I am glad that we finally got to read it.
Your turn: Which Kevin Henkes book is your favorite?


Mom and Kiddo said...

No post again this week, I'm feeling a bit blogged out, even though my mind is always churning with ideas.

Owen is def. my favorite, but I also like Kitten's First Moon.

Sarah said...

Old Bear is our favorite. It's actually a decoration in Malcolm's bedroom because it's so gorgeous!

We love Kitten's First Full Moon also!

Ticia said...

I always liked "Lily's Purple Plastic Purse" when I was teaching. I know's there's some others that I really enjoy, but I'm totally blanking on the ones I like that you didn't cover.

Debbie said...

I had to chuckle over Anna's response to yet again having to read a book she has already read in pre-school.

Joyful Learner said...

I wish my daughter would still read picture books. I loved them so much as a kid. But ever since the MTH phase, she's been reading mostly chapter books or big book of anthologies. I think it makes her feel like a big girl. I hate to miss out on all these great picture books. Maybe there's an anthology of Kevin Henkes books...that way, she'll want to read them.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I would have a hard time picking a favorite, they are all so sweet.

MaryAnne said...

I need to read some of these! The only Kevin Henkes book I have read is "Birds" and the illustrations in it are stunning!

Julie said...

I don't think we've read many Kevin Henkes books but we do have The White Rabbit, which I love.

Steph said...

The Kevin Henkes books are great! I think my favorite is Chester's Way. It was the first one I read to one of my kids -- oh so many years ago. My oldest was 4, and I was reading her Chester's Way -- again and again -- carrying her little brother in my womb. Baby brother is turning 13 today!!! :-O

Amanda said...

We just checked out Kitten's First Full Moon- it will be our first Henkes book. I'm looking forward to it after hearing how much you've enjoyed his books!

hey said...

I fell in looooove with Kevin Henkes and all of his true to life characters 20ish years ago. His characters have "real" feelings and act accordingly. The books are witty, charming and entertaining for both children and adults. It's hard to claim a favorite author but I think Kevin Henkes is mine! We're always giving his books away at waddllee-ah-chaa because I'm in love.

His books are also great for encouraging journal writing because of the "real-life" touch. His newer books are excellent for story telling and teaching different art mediums.

Okay, I'll stop! :)

Basbusa's Mama said...

Thanks so much for hosting this linky; I've gotten so many good suggestions through it!

I wonder could I possibly suggest that you ask people to mention the ages of their child(ren) in their link title? It would make it easier to know which links to click on when you're dashing out to the library and just want a quick idea or two.