We finally finished Mr Popper’s Penguins read-aloud. Smarty enjoyed it a lot, and even the fact that it involved jail didn’t bother her much. We had a good discussion on whether this book is fact or fiction. She was convinced for a while that it was a non-fiction story, and then we were trying to identify the penguins that would come from Antarctica and would be the size of the birds described in the story. Smarty said that the book was funny, while I was entertained with how dated a lot of story felt. Still, it’s one of those classics that we really appreciated here.
A Full Moon Is Rising by Marilyn Singer was appreciated more by me than by Smarty. I should have looked through the book and introduced it better with some thought-provoking questions. It’s a nice book to read either for the moon unit or for geography lessons since each page takes us to different celebrations of full moon around the world. My only complaint is that the poems are not rhyming. I think we would have enjoyed it more if we hadn’t expected a poetry book.
We read Sounds All Around as part of our “sound and listening” science track. Before we got to this book, we already read some of the same explanations online and watched a movie on sound, but the book does a good job pulling together a lot of information that even younger kids (5+) can comprehend. It also has some fun science experiments in the end.
Smarty's kindergarten reading book this week was Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. She wasn’t delighted when she saw it and said that she knows it by heart and that the book is about the bat who lost her mother and lived with birds. She refused to read it and answered the questions I asked her from memory. I think the concept of losing one’s family made this book not appealing to her. Too bad, because I think that the book is wonderful, and I definitely recommend it.