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).
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.
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?