Smarty’s school assignment this week was Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel. While this is a great book, we actually have it at home, and Smarty was not really interested in reading the series again at the moment. So I decided to catch up on our FIAR reading, and we read a series of books about bridges. We are also reading together Who Was Pablo Picasso? by True Kelly. It’s our second book from this biography series. The first one was Who Were the Beatles?, and Smarty practically memorized it.
The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge is a Five in a Row (FIAR) book. I think I enjoyed it more than Smarty – she was feeling for the most of the book that something bad is about to come, and she doesn’t like suspense. She also felt sorry for the Lighthouse. It was interesting for me to read the story of the real lighthouse – I realized that I’ve seen it many times driving on Hudson Highway in NYC, since it’s no longer in its original place.
Purely photographic books are sort of hit and miss with Smarty, but she really enjoyed Golden Gate Bridge by Kate Riggs, part of Now That’s Big! series. I think she liked it so much, because it’s “her” bridge. She could kind of remember George Washington Bridge from the first book from her trips to grandparents, but it doesn’t have the same personal meaning to her. The book gives a brief history of how and why it was build and has some gorgeous photos in it.
I highly recommend Bridges Are to Cross by Philemon Stuges to people who follow FIAR curriculum as a complementary reading for The Little Red Lighthouse. This book talks about various famous bridges around the world and describes in short paragraphs their purpose. Illustrations by Giles Laroche are beautiful, they look almost photographic. Great read for different ages.
Let’s Try It Out is obviously a “true book” – we read some others in these series too. Unfortunately, it was a lot more about towers than bridges, and we didn’t get to do experiments yet, but the book explains some very rudimentary ideas about building stable structures very well and age-appropriate for 4+ kids.