Saturday, January 28, 2012

There was another big library haul this week. Smarty threw a few picture books in the book bag – whatever looked good to her. I added some of my own choices. We are still reading through Mr Popper’s Penguins together at night, so I am only going to profile the books that we managed to read together during the day.
I want my hat back
Our library finally got much-talked-about I Want My Hat Back by Joe Klassen. Strangely, I couldn’t check it out but we read it together in the library. All I can say is one of those “boy books”. My girl just went vivid at the idea that one character clearly lied to another character. She actually got quite loud about it saying, But… but… he is wearing a hat! He is not telling the truth! The humor of the ending didn’t really register with her even though she understood the ending quite well. Anyway, now I can cross this book off my ever growing “Must Read” list.
The Year of the Dragon
On Tuesday our library had a very fun event – Oliver Chin was reading a new book in his Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series – The Year of the Dragon. I was glad that I was able to take Smarty there – Oliver Chin is not only a good writer, he is also quite an actor. The story is very engaging, and the illustrations by Jennifer Wood are soo cute (Smarty's words). I definitely recommend checking out this series, and we ended up buying this book.
See Inside Your Head
We are doing a little human body science here, and I was happy to pick up See Inside Your Head book in the library. As all Usborne books, it’s extremely well done and full of interesting information. I can say that I learned a lot more about brain from it. It was too much for Smarty (this book is recommended for 9+) but she was very fascinated with the page explaining mental illnesses – she is usually interested with all the things that can go wrong.
Owl Babies
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell was Smarty's K book for this week. We read it many times before, and if you missed it, make sure to read it while your children are still young. It’s classic, and illustrations by Patrick Benson add so much charm to the story. Smarty commented that the reason owl babies were so worried is because their mama didn’t tell them she would be gone. I think it’s a great point coming from a trusting 5 year old who wants to know everything that is going on.


Kelly said...

I have to sneak a peak at "I Want My Hat Back". I've heard so many mixed reviews, but it sounds like a great book to start discussion with kids.
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Elise said...

How wonderful to go to a story telling session at the library and have the story told by the author.

I think a story featuring owls would be popular with my cherubs.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Ah, I can't believe you said something was a "boy book"! Girls can have a wicked sense of humor, too! :) Have you read Brimful Curiosity's post on the book, I thought she addressed the lying part really well.

AshHadAns said...

My kids LOVE the hat book. We have checked it out about a dozen times from the library. They laugh like crazy every time.

Ticia said...

I think that dragon book looks so cute!

Brimful Curiosities said...

We love Owl Babies. I'll have to get it out again because this weekend we went to a raptor presentation and the kids got to see owls up close.

Anna's opinion of "I Want My Hat Back" does not surprise me. Like I said, the reason my kids like it is not for the story, but because they have fun acting out the voices together, especially the droll bear.

Jackie H. said...

I may have mentioned this before, but I read Owl Babies to Logan when he was 2 and he got obsessed with saying, "Mommy's gone. She's gone." and then he didn't sleep for THREE MONTHS. I swore I would never read that book to any child ever again. Although, I must say, before that experience, I thought it was an AMAZING book... so maybe I'll try it again, someday... when I am well rested!

Anya said...

I can't wait to get my hands on The Year of the Dragon, how awesome you had an author read it to kids!

Owl babies was and still is a huge hit with both of my kids, even D. who probably is too big for this kind of stories :)

Shauna said...

How fun, we are just getting ready to start an Owl Themed Unit at home and I just checked out Owl Babies at the library. I read it and liked it, but I was glad to read your review as well. Thanks for always hosting such a fun link party.

Christy said...

That library event sounds wonderful! I'll look for that book!

We own and love Owll Babies.

I have to get I Want MyHat Back again. We read it a while ago and I don't even remember what the kids thought of it.