Saturday, May 26, 2012

Smarty has stopped Magic Tree House books at Merlin Missions a few months ago declaring that they are too scary. Suddenly she decided that they are not scary after all and is making her way (on her own) through the remainder of our Magic Tree House collection. She had a free choice of a book for a book report this week, and did one on Season of the Sandstorms. I learned enough from her book report to know that it’s a good book about deserts Smile
Hand Rhymes
Smarty's class is practicing some action songs and poems for graduation ceremony, and she pulled out Marc Brown’s Hand Rhymes book from her book shelf and practiced some of the hand rhymes in this book. I like it when she chooses to memorize a poem or a song on her own. I highly recommend this book, since it has both classic action poems and some less known ones. According to Smarty, this is the funnest book ever.
The Gypsy Princess
The Gypsy Princess by Phoebe Gilman was a straggler from our Romania week. The setting of the story is unknown, that’s why I didn’t chose it as a main Romania book. The story itself is pretty engaging and built on the premise that a cage, even a golden cage, is not as good as freedom. We both really enjoyed beautiful and detailed illustrations in the book – Phoebe Gilman was a very talented illustrator.

Dreamer from the VillageI had mixed feelings about Dreamer from the Village that introduces children to Marc Chagall. For once, I am quite upset that this book and another one we read says that Marc Chagall was born in Russia. He was born in my country - Belarus. Secondly, Vitebsk is not a village and even early in early 20th century it was a fairly large town. Of course, it might have been a village in comparison to Paris, but still… Also, I wish there were some Chagall’s works in the book. The illustrator tried to imitate Chagall’s style, but it’s easier said than done.


MaryAnne K said...

That's a shame about the Chagall book.

I think my kids would enjoy that Hand Rhymes book - will have to look for a copy!

Kelly said...

It drives me crazy when books don't have the facts quite right. I'm impressed that they are doing book reports in kindergarten. That's such a fun series for kids.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Too bad about Dreamer from the Village. Although, I don't suppose Dreamer from the Large Town would make as catchy at title :)

T, was the only one of mine who really embraced the Magic Tree House series (when he was 4-6). I thought D was taking off into it, but by the time he started really reading the books he was 8, and they were too easy for him, and he lost interest after the first five or so - pity.

Ticia said...

It's a shame Dreamer got it wrong, that ALWAYS drives me nuts when a book for kids gets the information wrong.

But, the Gypsy book looks really cool. I agree a gilded cage is still just a cage, no matter how pretty.

Anya said...

Shame on author for not getting Chagall's biography right. Have you seen Journey On Clouds:A Children's Book Inspired by Marc Chagall by Veronique Massenot. I haven't read it, just saw it in the library the other day, looks interesting.

Jackie H. said...

I love that you provide so much variety for Anna. I think many parents get rid of picture books when their child moves on to chapter books but you just never know when something will reinterest them!

Rebecca said...

The Hand Rhymes book looks fun!

I love the Magic Tree House book's for building kids' background knowledge. They are packed with info! And kids love them ;)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

The hand rhymes book sounds great! We will have to look for it.