Saturday, February 11, 2012

Tales from Pinocchio

Our read-aloud book this week was Tales from Pinocchio retold by Helen Rossendale and illustrated by Graham Philpot. I liked that illustrations had no resemblance to Disney story and that the whole story was broken in short chapters that took about 7 minutes to read. This left us time for reading more than one story at night. At first Anna was horrified by Pinocchio’s bad behavior, but at some point she realized that “this is a fantasy book” and started to enjoy it. I think we will be trying other books from “Ten Minute Bedtime Stories” too.

I Wonder Why Lemons Taste Sour

Our second read-aloud book this week (we are reading in parallel with the first one) is I Wonder Why Lemons Taste Sour . This one came from the library, and we own I Wonder Why I Blink book. This book about senses works very well with our science investigations and websites we’ve been using to learn more about senses. I actually learned a thing or two from the questions and answers in this book. It’s targeted towards audience of 5-8 year olds, and I would say this is correct. Anna was delighted to discover on the cover that this series has about 20 different titles and was most interested to get I Wonder Why Soap Makes Bubbles next.

The Dumb Bunnies

The Dumb Bunnies by Dav Pilkey was by far the most popular book of the week. All I can say is that Dab Pilkey certainly knows his audience who values absurd, unexpected and anything toilet-related. Anna loved this book, and it has enough “cultural references” to tickle adults’ fancy too. However, this book might not be for families who avoid certain words or object to crude jokes. If anyone read The Dumb Bunnies, I am curious to hear your opinions in the comments.

Sylvester

Anna’s K book of the week was Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig. We read it before in the bookstore, and Anna didn’t care much for it. It took some effort to convince her even to read it once, and now she could appreciate the story better. She said she wants to have her own magic pebble to get anything I want, she just couldn’t tell me what this “anything” could possibly be. I’d recommend Sylvester for 4+, since the story is fairly long and intense.

11 comments:

Jackie H. said...

I haven't read The Dumb Bunnies but Dav Pilkey was popular with my 4-5th grade students when I was teaching! Looks like a great mix of fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, etc.
By the way, the linky says it opens Februrary 18th? Could be a glitch, I'll check back later but if no one links up, you might want to check that! :)

Mom and Kiddo said...

Personally I love all of Dav Pilkey, his book the Hallo-Weiner is the best Halloween book ever and I love the dragon series.

We've also read Lemon/Sour. Kiddo loved to tell me all about the facts in it.

MaryAnne said...

I'll have to look into the "I Wonder Why" series!

I can't get your linky to work, either...

Ticia said...

Glad to see I'm not the only one who puts in the wrong start time for linkies.......

I have mixed feelings on the whole toilet humor thing. I've heard arguments for both sides, but tend to lean towards the not liking them.

I've seen the "I Wonder Why" series and have checked them out from time to time. Jeff and I were just talking that our boys are getting into the perfect age for books like this, especially with their nonfiction preference for books.

MaryAnne said...

Yay it works now! Thanks!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The wonder why series looks interesting, and a little familiar - maybe we've read one of the other titles.

sunnymama said...

I think Sunnyboy would love Tales from Pinocchio and the Lemons book looks really interesting too! :)

Brittney said...

I think I've picked up a few of the I Wonder Why titles at the thrift store, but we haven't made it to them yet.

Elise said...

Tales from Pinocchio sounds like a great book to have. Savvy chooses to a fairytale every night for us to read.

I am certainly going to check out the I Wonder series.

Susan said...

I remember reading "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" as a child and I didn't like it very much either.

The "I Wonder Why" series is a good one, I agree.

I haven't ever read the "Dumb Bunnies" books before, but I know they are popular with some kids. That kind of book isn't my favorite, but I suppose it doesn't do any harm.

Rebecca said...

I'm sensing a theme- your daughter doesn't like her classes' book of the week (wasn't it that way last week?)-Maybe it's because you have already introduced them to her? I liked Sylvester well enough- it's one of those books your learn about in your credential program...