Saturday, March 3, 2012

What My Child Is Reading–March 03, 2012

I came back from my long business trip on Thursday afternoon. Anna was spending her “quiet time” in her room reading Our Bodies from A Child’s First Library of Learning series. She loves non-fictional books a lot. She also had a long list prepared of what she was missing most while I wasn’t here. One of the entries was library. This girl loves new books, and she was very excited to open up with me a big new box of Tiger Tales books that we received for review while I was away. So far we read two of them:

At the Boardwalk

I liked At the Boardwalk by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman/Monica Armino better than Anna did because she couldn’t connect to the story. She didn’t know what the boardwalk was, since she only remembers being on the beach once in her life. In fact, she was on the boardwalk beach before, but she was too young to remember. Anna’s review: I liked the book because now I know what a boardwalk is.

My Friend FredMy Friend Fred by Hiawyn Oram/Rosie Reeve is a cute book! I almost expected my daughter start asking for a puppy after reading it, but she didn’t, since she is really a cat person. The story is pretty simple and told in the first person, but the illustrations are adding a lot to the story. Anna’s review: I liked this book, because in the end she shared the dog. It was not hers, it was a family dog.

Six by Seuss

Like every other school in America, Anna’s school celebrates Dr Seuss’s birthday this week. They were asked to bring Dr Seuss books from home to school to share with the class. Anna lugged in Six by Seuss. It has her favorite story And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and my favorite – The Lorax. We had a little discussion as to why we like these stories. Anna said that she likes Mulberry Street, because a boy in the story keeps imagining funner and funner things.

I Gonna Like Me

Anna’s kindergarten homework book was I’m Gonna Like Me by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell. I didn’t get to read the book before it had to be returned, but Anna complained that the book was good, but it was difficult to do a homework assignment of drawing the beginning, the middle and the end, because there is no story and no problem to solve. We read several other books by this pair, so I kind of know what she means. A separate story and a problem are presented separately in each page through illustrations, but the whole book is usually just a collection of thoughts to be processed in any order. Still – I can recommend these series as an interesting entry point for discussions about self-esteem.

11 comments:

TheRockerMom said...

We really need to get "Six by Seuss" since the only one of those stories we own is "Horton Hatches the Egg". I love Anna's reviews!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I decided to simply ignore Dr. Seuss' birthday, this year. I like Green Eggs and Ham, but after watching his biography, I'm not sure he's the sort of individual children, or adults, should celebrate.

Christy said...

We own Six by Seuss too. It's funny that people either love or hate Seuss.

Debbie said...

Selena has asked for My Friend Fred every night and has voted it as her all time favorite so far. Well, for now anyway until another favorite comes along.

Julie said...

We have so many Dr. Seuss books, but not those two stories so I may have to look into getting that book too...

Joyful Learner said...

Leah - What video did you watch? He seems like he cared a lot for kids and the environment. At least, that's the impression I have of him.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Joyful Learner - It was a history channel special, you can find it in 9 parts on YouTube starting here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkOHQGA8hZc

Rebecca said...

I've never heard of Suess by Six!? I'll have to check it out.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I see a trip to Santa Cruz Boardwalk in your future.

MaryAnne said...

Emma has had that same homework assignment, and I find it frustrating to complete with many picture books!

Elise said...

I am intrigued by Leah's comments about Dr Seuss. I want to learn more about him as a person now.

I think Blakie would love the book My Friend Fred.

By the Boardwalk would be a good Summer book for us as we enjoy taking the bikes out on the weekend and riding them along various boardwalks.

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