It’s strange to arrive to the stage when I don’t read or even preview most of the books my daughter reads, especially when she goes to the library with me and makes her own selections. We are still going through 101 Read-Aloud Bible Stories – it seems to me that this book will never end. She is reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, but I cannot really comment on the books, since I only looked at a few pages and admired their interesting style.
It still amuses me how Smarty's taste in stories changed seemingly overnight. At this moment she is really enjoying fantasy and fairy tales (except Disney stories that she still hates with a passion). Our fairy tale collections are finally getting a good workout. 50 Bedtime Stories is a nice compilation of known and less known tales with various reading lengths. Reading length is given in the table of content, so parents can choose a fitting story to read before bed. Smarty especially enjoyed retelling of some of Kipling’s “Just So” stories – definitely something on my list to get from the library.
Smarty's favorite book of the week was definitely Safari in South Africa that I profiled in a separate post. We both really liked an unusual way this book is illustrated – with a combination of drawn characters and real pictures. It also has a nice blend of fictional story and non-fictional fact panels. I already picked up the book from the same series for our next “stop” in Australia.