Saturday, March 10, 2012

What My Child Is Reading–March 10, 2012

First of all, I want to apologize to WMCIR contributors that I didn’t have a chance to visit and comment this week. Work continues to be extremely busy and will probably continues to be the same next week. However, I manage to come home in time for Anna’s night routine, and we read some good books together this week that I want to share.

The Storm

I was reading The Storm by Cynthia Rylant to Anna this week. It’s the first book from Lighthouse Family series. Interestingly, we tried this series about a year before, and she was not interested. This time, however, she was truly captivated and begged for more. For some reason she really likes the stories where one of the characters get injured – it seems to jumpstart her imagination. Of course, she only likes them if all ends well. This is a sweet story that can be quite suitable for 4+ audience, and chapters are relatively short too.

Jessica XRay

As I mentioned, my daughter will definitely love medical dramas one day. She really enjoyed Jessica’s X-Ray by Pat Zonta/Clive Dobson that I got from the library as part of our continuing exploration of human body. She was very interested in actual images from X-ray, MRI, CAT scan and ultrasound devices. I thought that the book was well done except the fact that the main character appears to be pain-free despite her broken arm and her day in the hospital looks more like a field trip. I definitely don’t want to make my daughter think that breaking one’s arm can be an exciting adventure.

Crafty Chloe

We both really enjoyed Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio adorably illustrated by Heather Ross. To be honest, my daughter is not at all crafty, but she likes to believe that she could also whip up a perfect present for a friend one day. The book gives a good message about homemade vs. store-bought and about an admirable quality of forgiving someone and helping them when help is needed. And there is even a website where right now you can find a couple of projects (for older kids or adults) based on illustrations from the book. I hope that this is the first in the series, because it could potentially turn into a new Fancy Nancy franchise.

Too Many Tamales

Anna’s kindergarten book this week was Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto. I didn’t read it with her but asked her for an opinion, and she very emphatically said that she didn’t like the book. When I pressed her for an explanation, she said that the main character made all the wrong choices, and she wasn’t even punished! I asked my husband later, and he sort of agreed with Anna. Apparently, the Christmas spirit of forgiving and miracles that is supposed to shine in this story didn’t shine brightly enough for my rule-abiding family.

11 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Crafty Choe!?! I love that title - we'll be checking that one out for sure.

Kelly said...

I love that Anna can form an opinion and support it!

Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

MaryAnne said...

Crafty Chloe sounds great, and much more my type of book than the Fancy Nancy series! Just requested it from the library :)

TheRockerMom said...

I think Robbie would love the x-ray book.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I keep seeing the Crafty Chloe book on book blogs, glad to here it was a good read for you.

Christy said...

We haven't read any of those. I'm interested in all of them, especially Crafty Chloe.

Basbusa's Mama said...

Thanks, we're always on the lookout for more medical books aimed at young children!

Julie said...

Their reaction to that Tamales book makes me want to peek at it at the library to see what it's all about! I'm guessing my C would have the same opinion!

Ticia said...

Crafty Chloe! Oh, I'm all over that one!

My kids were excited by the idea of casts, until they found out it meant you couldn't take a bath or swim while you had one. Then the excitement faded.

Books4Learning said...

I like this link up. I am going to try to join in the future. Thanks.

Rebecca said...

The Cynthia Rylant book looks great! I'll have to check this series out...

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