We read a lot of great books this week. Our longer read-aloud book is Tales from the Arabian Nights that is nicely split into manageable chapters (about 10 minutes each). As I was reading it, I was thinking that Smarty's tolerance of scary content increased quite a bit since she started Kindergarten. Sindbad adventures are actually quite scary if you happen to think of them as true. Luckily, daughter is much better nowadays firmly separating fact from fiction, which leads to more reading choices.
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Patridge by Mem Fox/Julie Vivas was Smarty's kindergarten book of the week this week. While many of other books in her reading programs were misses (some due to too much familiarity), this one was a gem. I wanted to read it for quite some time, and it opened up many interesting conversations about memories. It’s funny what a memory is to a five year old – something very unusual that happened some time ago, like losing and then finding her bucket on the beach last summer. It’s probably best for readers 5+ due to the subject and length, but younger readers might enjoy illustrations as well.
since April is Poetry Month, we are reading some poetry books. Smarty read It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles by Jack Prelutsky by herself and then asked me to read selected poems to her. She was especially fascinated by concrete poems (poems created in the shape of something) – her favorite was A Maze. And, of course, she enjoyed “silly poems” – like I don’t want to clean my room. She has a very keen sense of funny and absurd, so this book quickly became her favorite.
I am not much of a list maker even though I wish (not so secretly) that I were as organized as some of my coworkers and blog friends. I do try to encourage Smarty to think about what she wants to do and make lists, which she does when fancy strikes her. However, Wallace’s Lists is not about value of making lists but rather about taking opportunities presented to us by life regardless of whether they were on our list in the morning. This is an important skill too wrapped in a cute story. I highly recommend this book – both for children and for adults!