Saturday, January 7, 2012

Anna continues to read through Rainbow Fairies series – I guess I need to start ordering missing books from other libraries. She loves the fact that there are so many books and keeps rereading her favorites many times, so at any given time we have about 10 of those books in the house. She doesn’t display any interest to reenact the books though – this is when I wish she had a closely spaced sibling or a readily available playmate, since I am not up to it!

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

For the second week now we’ve been reading aloud Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. We read a lot of her picture books, but this one is a full size fantasy novel. Theoretically Anna could have read it on her own, but I don’t let her have it in her room, since I am really enjoying discovering this story with her. I like the fact that the story features a strong, action-oriented female character. I think many kids 5+ will enjoy this book, and it can charm young teenagers as well.

Around the World

We still try to keep going with some geography activity even though I abandoned my attempt of deep country dives for the time being. Who’s Been Here by Lindsay Barrett George is a series of books usually set in a particular habitat, for example, in the pond. They offer short descriptions and then a visual clue, and the reader can try and guess what animal left this visual clue. Around the World is set across different continents, and Anna enjoyed tracking the progress of the book on the map. I recommend it for 4+.

Officer Buckle and Gloria

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann was the first homework book of the new year and one of the few books in the program we haven’t read before. It’s a pretty funny story about a policeman and his dog. I found some interesting extensions online, but at the time of this writing (on Wednesday) daughter is sick and we didn’t get to do them yet. I am curious what rating she will give to this book in her writing journal. I think it’s very good for 3-6 years (and for safety theme), but Anna might already find it boring.

11 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'll keep that first book in mind, as it sounds like it might have a nice appeal for a large age range - thanks!

MaryAnne said...

I haven't heard of any of these, and they all sound interesting! I hope Anna feels better soon!

Amanda said...

Where The Mountain Meets The Moon sounds interesting. I like books with strong female characters.

Annette W. said...

I enjoyed Where the Mt Meets the Moon. :) I reviewed it a while back!

Mom and Kiddo said...

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a wonderful book!

Rebecca said...

The penguin looks fun too!

Joyful Learner said...

Great selections! I have the last book...it must be one of those teacher selections. I can't say that K loved it, although it was amusing. I will put a request for the other two books. Thanks!

Ticia said...

Not too surprisingly my kids loved "Officer Buckle and Gloria." But I've been reading it to them for a few years now.

That first book sounds very interesting.

Sarah said...

We had taken "Officer Buckle and Gloria" out of the library a couple weeks ago and my kids liked it!

Anya said...

I was literally just looking at Where The Mountain Meets The Moon in the store. I think it's something my son will definitely enjoy.

Vivian said...

Hi...
I came to visit because you commented on Jennifer's Toy Box Years. She did a review of my book for parents (especially great for homeschooling parents) that gives 100 book suggestions/summaries with crafts and cooking activities for each title.
I love your weekly reading blog hop...what an awesome idea. My children are all grown...but I do school and libraries programs with young children every week. Can I take part in this hop...I love to connect with parents and share my passion for picture books and positive parental participation.
I'm already taking part in Perfect Picture Book Friday with author Susannah Hill and I could post that link on your hop. I've also issued a 2012 Positive Parental Participation Challenge to encourage parents to read to their children on a daily basis...something I'm sure you already do...there is a prize of a picture book each month to one lucky family.
Please email me at vivian@positiveparentalparticipation.com or visit my blog: www.viviankirkfield.wordpress.com and leave a comment.
All the best,
Vivian