Smarty's Kindergarten teacher certainly knows her well. Smarty absolutely loved the first book in Mrs Piggle-Wiggle series and was sad to return it to Mrs J, but she was very happy to discover that there are more books to read. We now read together Hello, Mrs Piggle-Wiggle, and Smarty is very upset on the nights when we don’t have time to read through 20-25 pages of one chapter. I liked the first book better, but it’s still a good, light-hearted read with a clear message of right and wrong behavior.
I discovered Rebecca’s Passover last week in the library and brought it back this year. Passover coincides with Easter this year, so I figured that we will read Passover book this week and Easter books that actually tell the story of Christ and not of bunnies and eggs next week. I like Rebecca’s Passover, because it gives both the background for a celebration and explains celebration itself through the eyes of a young girl. Age - 4+
I read The Bunny Who Found Easter by Charlotte Zolotow/Helen Craig to Smarty on the night when I was not in the mood to read a long chapter from Mrs Piggle Wiggle. She was pouting but gradually started to enjoy this simple story for younger kids. It has little to do with Easter and a lot more to do with seasonal changes in nature. This book is written in rich descriptive language and might be useful for a lesson on adjectives or on seasons. Age - 3+
I wonder sometimes what is the design principle behind Smarty's K reading program. Mostly the books are good, but they have widely different reading levels and age targets. This week it was The Very Busy Spider that she read when she was 2. No wonder she wrote This book is boring in her required one sentence book report. Age – under 5 years old