Saturday, September 24, 2011

What My Child Is Reading–September 24, 2012


Curious George
We didn’t have a “theme of the week” this week, since Anna’s reading assignment in K was Curious George. She might be the only child on Earth that completely dislikes Curious George series, especially the original book. If you think about it, the book is extreme for a modern child, with George ending up in prison of all places! I brought some other books from the series home, and she read them, but it was clear that she still thinks of George as someone who doesn’t follow the rules, makes messes and always in trouble. So we switched to other books that she enjoyed much more.
Crinkleroot Trees
Anna’s class is still studying trees for science, so I picked up another tree book in the library – Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Trees by Jim Arnosky. As it turns out, this book is part of a series, and I will definitely be looking for other Crinkleroot books. The illustrations are awesome (like in all Arnosky’s books) and the amount of information is just right for the preK+ kids. The book also identifies about two dozens common trees – I finally learned English names for some of them that I only knew in my native Russian.
Princess in the Palace
Finally there came a book of fairy tales that didn’t put my daughter off. There’s a Princess in the Palace by Zoe Alley and R.W. Alley is a clever take on 5 classic princess tales presented in an oversized comic book format. All tales are linked together – daughter of Cinderella becomes Sleeping Beauty, etc. I think the book is more appropriate for grade age students, since it’s also full of word play (e.g. Cinderella was running ragged). It was sometimes to explain all nuances to my kindergartener, but she enjoyed the book just the same and kept rereading it on her own many times.
Pup at the Palace
Anna continues to read through Animal Ark series by a British author Ben M. Baglio. She informed me that she found a pattern for these books – in each book an animal and a person gets hurt. The language and the setting in these series are a lot more complex than in The Puppy Place, another of her favorite series of the moment, but the added complexity doesn’t faze her – she can read practically anything at this point as long as she is interested in the book.

15 comments:

MaryAnne said...

The Crinkleroot series sounds fantastic! And I am impressed that Anna identified the pattern in the Animal Ark series.

Ticia said...

I've really enjoyed the Crinkleroot series, and have checked out most of the ones at our library.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The Crinkleroot series is new to me, but it sound like one we'd like.

Joyful Learner said...

I just put a hold on the Crinkleroot book. It looks like something we might like as well.

Every time I read what Anna likes and doesn't like, I can't help thinking that she is so different from K. K is a bit mischievous so she enjoyed Curious George although she hasn't read his books in a while. K actually likes getting scared which is odd for a kid. Most of her friends will stay away from books that are scary in any way. I don't know what to make of it. My friend says it's because they know and understand which causes them to be scared. I know K knows and understands but she seems to think that the conflicts or the scary parts are what make the story interesting.

It sounds like Anna will be good at following rules. I hope I don't have a little troublemaker on my hands when K gets older! :O

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Crinkleroot sounds like a great series. I would love to teach JDaniel more about trees.

Thank you for you kind words on my beach post. We really had a great time.

Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

I am not a big fan of the original Curious George stories, either. I think the PBS shows are kind of cute, though. The Crinkleroot books are great!

Tracey M. said...

We love books by Karma Wilson and my son loves the Curious George books.

Is there a link-up this week? I just did a post (finally), but don't see a way to link up.

Julie said...

You know, C doesn't like Curious George either. He can't stand that George is always doing bad things! I'll have to look at that Animal Ark series. M might like that.

Debbie said...

Selena loves the Curious George books. She always laughs at his antics. I will have to check out the Crinkleroot books.

Elise said...

I am going to struggle next year when Savvy starts school if only one book is offered for the class to study. I firmly believe (and have practiced as a classroom teacher) flexibility and offering choices as it is vitally important. I won't rant and rave on your blog about this and I am aware that you already know how I feel about this. Different learning experiences (skills, content and choices) should be offered within a classroom where there are groups of students with different abilities and interests.

The series of books about trees looks interesting - I am going to look for these.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Ugh, I loathe Curious George. My m-i-l gave us a treasury, and I surreptitiously disposed of it.

Cortney said...

Add us to the Dislikes Curious George list. I didn't like them when I was s child either, so it's possible I swayed my son's feeling on them, but even if so I'm not sorry. We do love Crinkleroot, though! We especially love Crinkleroot's Guide to Animal Tracking and also to Knowing the Birds. Fun books!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I wish our library had Jim Arnosky's books. I remember reading a review of the Crinkleroot book somewhere else and looking for it, but I could only get it out of system. Now that you mentioned them, I might have to make a special request!

Jackie H. said...

I love the recommendation for the Crinkleroot series. I need to incorporate more nonfiction.

Amanda said...

I am interested to see if my library has the Crinkleroot series, sounds like something we could work into a science lesson.

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