Saturday, April 14, 2012

I am taking a break from reading long chapter books to Smarty. Instead we read one picture book and a few short stories from The Story of Jesus every evening. Her independent reading this week was mostly from library Highlights magazines (I really need to subscribe to this magazine!) and Emma the Easter Fairy which was delivered in her Easter basket.
Seeing Symmetry
We like math books by Loreen Leedy, and Seeing Symmetry was well received. The book talks about different forms of symmetry and focuses on natural symmetry in the world around us. There are also interesting questions on many pages (with answers in the end of the book) and some activity ideas in the end. Smarty was not really interested in trying these ideas out this week, but I caught her reading the book on her own several times, so I am pretty sure she will try them on her own when she feels like it.
The Big Test
While the illustrations in The Big Test by Julie Danneberg and Judy Love are cheerful, I found the story rather depressing. The teacher spends a whole week prepping her fairy young students for “the big test” with the goal of learning how to show what we know. As a result, anxiety rises to the point that several children have to go to the nurse. Unfortunately, it’s all probably pretty true to life, and I am not looking forward to “the big tests” coming in the next few years of school. If somebody read this book, I am curious to know what you think.
Zero the Hero
Zero the Hero is a delightful sequel to the book by Tom Lichtenheld I reviewed about a month ago - Emergency!. It’s illustrated in the same comic book style and tells an entertaining math story. I certainly need to follow up with Smarty and tell her more about Roman numerals – I am afraid she will now forever think of them as “bad guys” from this story.
The Stinky Cheese ManThe Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith as an Easter present from my parents. I quite disagree with 3+ recommendation of Amazon. I would think that this book is better suited for upper elementary students that can appreciate humor in taking familiar fairy tales and twisting them in all directions. I only browsed through the book and was quite happy to let Smarty read it on her own, because I wasn’t sure that I can put enough dramatic flair into reading these stories. She said it was fun, but I doubt that she really understood double take in these stories.


MaryAnne said...

Oh, those poor Roman numerals, forever consigned to being bad guys!

I agree with you that "Stinky Cheese Man" is not appropriate for 3+. I woudl probably give it an 8+ rating.

Yelena said...

Oh, you find such great books! My Amazon wishlist gets updated with at least a couple every time I read your posts :) The only book that we've read with my 5-year old was "Stinky Cheese Man". It was difficult mostly because he hasn't heard most of the fairy tales mentioned in the book (plus it's not an easy book to sight-translate into Russian). But the couple of fairy tales that he knew, he recognized and really enjoyed the stories. I do agree it's not for 3-year olds.

Anya said...

I picked up "Stinky Cheese Man" in the library and put it back. I agree with you, it can definitely wait. My 6 y.o. would probably like it, though.

Miss Courtney said...

Oops! I put my name in the linky instead of the name of my post. Miss Courtney is about our favorites from the past week, including a puppet book.

hey said...

Thank you for the listing of Seeing Symmetry. That one looks right up our alley. We love those science, math, art books all integrated together!

And agree with everyone, Stinky Cheese man can wait. Not for 3-year-olds!