Last weekend I went to a library book sale. Now I am mostly focusing on chapter books and non-fiction books during these events, and Smarty was happy to get more books from Animal Ark series by a British author Ben M. Baglio and a couple of books from Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald. In our joint readings we were back to picture books this week:
We haven’t read MathStart books in a while, and by now daughter is quite ready for Level 3 books. Both of us really enjoyed the story of Shark Swimathon, especially since Smarty just had her walkathon in school. The book deals with two digit subtraction, and it also presents not-so-simple word problems to solve. In addition to the math line, the story line is fairly engaging and the book is well illustrated, so it cam be enjoyed by younger (or less mathematically inclined) children as well.
Two Bear Cubs by Robert and Daniel San Souci is a legend from Indians of Yosemite Valley. There is a comment in Amazon reviews saying that Miwok Indians never lived in Yosemite Valley, but nevertheless the story is set there and explains the origin of famous El Capitan rock. Smarty is learning “story ingredients” in school, so she was entertained by this book which piles one problem on top of another. Luckily, all ends well for disobedient bear cubs. I can’t wait to show real El Captain to Smarty, but now it has to wait until tourist season is over.
We read several stories this week about artists, artistic process and imagination. We both found Emma’s Rug by Allen Say most intriguing. The main character is a child prodigy, but her imagination requires an external “helper” – her favorite rug. An unfortunate accident befalls a rug, and Emma needs to find another source of inspiration for her amazing paintings. What will happen? Read and find out. The story is good for children 4 and older.