Saturday, October 29, 2011

Smarty’s reading assignment this week was Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London. While we find Froggy book enjoyable, we read pretty much all of them over the last year, so I decided not to extend the topic and focus on Halloween books instead. Now, we don’t believe in scary and gory here – all our favorite Halloween books are focusing mostly on trick-or-treating.
Space Case
Space Case by Edward and James Marshall is my absolute favorite Halloween book from the ones we own. It’s a nice combination of an alien story and a Halloween story. I found the reactions of adults in the story hilarious and not that far removed from reality. Smarty didn’t care much for the book last year, but was able to appreciate the story line much better this year.
My daughter loves numbers – the bigger the better. She learned lately that the fastest way to make numbers “really big” is through multiplication. She really enjoyed 2x2=Boo! by Loreen Leedy (in general we love her books!) that teaches multiplication through 5x5 via Halloween short stories. Some of them are a bit more gory than our usual Halloween read, but Smartydoesn’t mind since her mind is focused on math, not on the story. She keeps reading this book and asks to be quizzed on her multiplication facts every night (no encouragement on my part, completely self-directed).
Three Little Ghostsies
Three Little Ghostsies by a European pair Pippa Goodhart/AnnaLaura Cantone can be scary or funny depending on how you want to read it. The rhyme is silly, and my daughter enjoyed the way word endings were changed to fit the rhyme. Illustrations are very distinctive – even my daughter can do a good approximation of these ghostsies, and I really loved the ending where the naughty ghostsies have the tables turned on them.
Story of Halloween
The Story of Halloween by Carol Greene illustrated by Linda Bronson is a non-fictional story about the origin of Halloween. I thought it was a bit too long and boring for one-sitting reading, but there didn’t seem to be a logical place to stop. We learned some new facts from the book – how about a hollowed-out turnip for Halloween, but overall this book didn’t quite charm any of us. Oh well, you can’t win every time Smile


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Thanks for the reminder about Loreen Leedy's books, we could use a few of her's in the weeks to come.

Lovingmama said...

I think the 2x2 book looks like a great read, but my little one is still super scared of any villian or scary part of stories. We actually haven't read any of these Halloween books yet! Did you check out the book The Story of Halloween from the library or did you buy it? I am trying to weed through my collection of books and donate the ones that are not the greatest. It is SO hard!

Joyce said...

I haven't read any of these books yet either. Thank you so much for sharing them. That 2x2 book looks cute! It's a bit advanced for my son right now but it's something that I'm going to look into. That's great that your daughter already has a passion for learning. You are doing an amazing job!

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MaryAnne said...

I think I need to find a copy of Space Case...

Mom and Kiddo said...

I can't remember if I've said this in a comment on your blog before, but I think The Hallo-weiner is just about the funniest Halloween book ever. I haven't read Space Case, but it sounds pretty good, too.

Julie said...

You have some cute books on here. I don't think I've heard of any of these before.

Ticia said...

Story of Halloween doesn't sound super interesting to me. I guess partially because there isn't a specific thing to link Halloween too, so I'm not as interested in how it started. Weird for me, since I'm usually up for books like that.

I think I've seen your first book before, and thought I wanted to get it, and forgotten to.

Sanivi said...

Great post. TV Shows