We are still reading through Where the Mountain Meet the Moon in the evenings, and Smarty 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 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 Smarty 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.
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 by Lisa Wheeler and Ivan Bates was Smarty'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. Smarty 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.
Finally, I brought over Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Linda Lowery from the library to tell Smarty 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.