We came back from our weekly library trip with an excellent haul of new books to read. We have finished reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon together, and Smarty commented that this book definitely deserves the medal (Newberry Honor) that it received. Now we are reading another Newberry Honor book – Mr Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater. Smarty picked up a couple more Rainbow Fairies books that she didn’t read yet and decided to branch out into The Tiara Club by Vivian French (insert the big yawn from me here, but at least I don’t have to read them to her).
I stumbled upon E-mergency! by Tom Lichtenheld in the new books section, and what a terrific find it has been. This book is entertaining on so many levels and appropriate for younger kids just learning their ABCs and for older kids who love comics. It’s been a while since Smarty was rereading the same book over and over again and begging me to read it to her too – this was definitely a reading highlight of the week.
For our Afterschool Math this week we read The Warlord’s Puzzle by Virginia Pilegard/Nicolas Debon. I enjoyed the story and the illustrations more than Smarty did – she was not exactly thrilled by strong emotions of anger or fear that were conveyed by illustrations. She didn’t want to reread the story later on her own, but both of us enjoyed playing with tangrams in the end. I’d say that Three Pigs, One Wolf, Seven Magic Shapes is a more light-hearted introduction to tangrams, at least for sensitive kids.
I had high expectations from the cover of There’s Nothing to Do on Mars by Chris Gall. To be honest, while I enjoyed beautiful illustrations, the story line failed to impress me or Smarty. There is not even a twist to suggest that the whole plot line was cooked up in an overactive imagination of a little boy. I do admit that maybe my daughter and I are not a target audience for this story and it would be better received by superhero-obsessed boys.
Smarty's class will be celebrating 100 Days of School in a few weeks, so I decided to check out 100 School Days by Anne and Lizzy Rockwell. It’s part of the school holidays series by the same authors, and we enjoyed all the books that are targeted at K-1 age group. We read 100 School Days before, and Smarty commented this time that they didn’t do any “in between” activities for 10, 20, etc. days. Well, her class is not 10 kids like in the book but rather 25. I am not complaining, however, my own 1st grade had 44, and I turned out just fine