Anna looked at the map and chose India as the next stop for our reading around the world journey. Easy-peasy as there is no shortage of great children books about India. We read many of them last time we “visited” India. I brought back one book that we read before - The Road to Mumbai by Ruth Jeyaveeran. I chose it because I find it a nice cross between fact and fiction. A lot of things mentioned in the books are real, but all action is actually happening in the dream. Interestingly, quite by accident, all three country books that we read so far feature little girls as main characters of the books.
I am sure both Anna and I will enjoy looking at her early “book reports” a couple of years down the road. I can also observe that she is writing more willingly later, and her “endurance” increases. I am not pushing spelling at this point unless she asks how to spell a certain word. We are still working on neatness and starting sentences with a capital letter.
I tweaked somewhat the flow of our mini-books to include coloring pages, since daughter is more interested in coloring lately. She asked to color Taj Mahal page and she also wanted to have a person in national clothes in her mini-book. We also have a map page which has some India facts. According to Anna, India has Taj Mahal, special bikes (rickshaws), deserts, elephants and girls in saris.