Saturday, January 14, 2012

We are still reading through Where the Mountain Meet the Moon in the evenings, and Anna is reading through Rainbow Magic series, but she was quite disappointed this week when she only found two new fairy books in the library. We read a few other books together.

Dear Mr Blueberry

Dear Mr Blueberry by Simon James is a delightful book! It’s set as a letter exchange between a girl and her teacher during a summer break. I thought that the teacher could have at least acknowledged Emily’s imagination in his responses, but his factual approach adds humor to the story. I challenged Anna to come up with her own scenario for this book, and we might even do some writing activity to follow up, but we didn’t get around to it yet.

Good Enough to Eat

Since we are working on our “Eat Healthy Foods” resolution, we reread a non-fiction Good Enough To Eat book by Lizzy Rockwell. The book is a little outdates since it talks about the old food pyramid, but it gives a good overview of food groups and different healthy options. It also has several recipes in the back, but we haven’t tried any of them yet. I can think that all the talk about healthy eating starts bringing results, since daughter is eating her vegetables more cheerfully nowadays.

One Dark Night

One Dark Night by Lisa Wheeler and Ivan Bates was Anna’s K book this week. It was the second week in a row when she got a book she hadn’t read before, and she was pleased about it. The story is more appropriate for preschool age, and has a fun twist in the end. Anna commented that the book was misleading us about what is about to happen and contrasted it with Jan Brett’s books where she gives clues about what is going to happen next in her illustrations.

MLK

Finally, I brought over Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Linda Lowery from the library to tell Anna a little about the holiday next Monday. I learned a lot from this book, but mostly it’s because I didn’t go to school in the States. The book is marked for grade 2, and I would think that for once this is low, since it’s hard to truly appreciate what MLK did without understanding more about history. The book is also pretty long, so I would say it’s better for 7+ kids.

10 comments:

MaryAnne said...

I wonder if that book would get Johnny eating more fruits and vegetables. He still prefers white food, although he will eat beans.

Dear Mr. Blueberry sounds fun!

Pathfinder Mom said...

We caught Dr. Mr. Blueberry on Between The Lions a while back and TB absolutely loved it. Such a cute story.

Ticia said...

I LOVE Dear. Mr Blueberry and when I was teaching used it for a couple of different unit ideas. It's SO fun!

Julie said...

Interesting books this week. I wasn't sure I'd be able to get a MLK book from the library so I printed one we can make instead. I plan to have the kids make it this weekend. It's hard to cover MLK Day with younger kids who don't necessarily understand the big issues involved.

Christy said...

Dear Mr. Blueberry sounds wonderful!

sunnymama said...

A great selection of books! I'm here from mama smiles and added a favourite book from last week to the linky. :)

Jackie H. said...

Dear Mr. Blueberry sounds like a great book for encouraging writing!

Rebecca said...

I agree with Jackie about using the Mr. Blueberry book for writing.

One Dark Night looks like a book my daughter might enjoy :)

Elise said...

I like the sound of Dear Mr Blueberry - novel idea for a book.

Elise said...

I like the sound of Dear Mr Blueberry - novel idea for a book.