Saturday, July 28, 2012

The HobbitI was on a business trip this week, so papa and Smarty were deciding on their reading choices without me. They started reading The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien. Smarty reported me on the phone that she is loving it despite the fact that there are “scary creatures”. It’s interesting to watch her watching more into fantasy and science fiction. Here are some other fantasy series that we read before.
Dinosaurs Before Dark
Magic Tree House is, of course, a classic fantasy series for young readers. We read some books from it for the first time when Smarty was about 3, and she didn’t enjoy it then. She reread first 20 books or so (except Pirates and Mummies) when she was 4, but stopped at Merlin Missions. Now Merlin Mission books are her favorites, and we have the full collection of Magic Tree House books at home. The language is fairly easy and well suited for early readers.
Daisy Meadows Fairies
Fairy books by Daisy Meadows is another series that didn’t go over well at first, since Smarty took Jack Frost and his goblins rather seriously. At 5, however, she decided that the goblins in the books are funny and not scary and didn’t rest until she read every single book by Daisy Meadows available in our library. To be honest, I am glad that I don’t need to spend my time reading these books to her, but I don’t mind her reading “recipe-based” books as long as she reads quality books as well.
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Speaking of quality books, I am glad that Smarty devours long stories without pictures as long as she is caught up in the story. From time to time she pulls out and rereads books from our own bookshelf – Roald Dahl’s Charlie books, Mrs Piggle Wiggle series by Betty MacDonald, Catwings by Ursula Le Guin, Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. I am looking forward to her fighting Lord Voldemort with Harry Potter and traveling to Mount Doom with Frodo one day not too far away.


MaryAnne K said...

I actually have a post to link up, once the linky opens this week!

Emma's choice of "recipe" books at the moment is the American Girl doll series, which we borrow from the library and she is tearing through. She doesn't seem interested in fantasy at the moment, but I do need to get a copy of Catwings for her to try - I could see her enjoying it.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'm really looking forward to things slowing back down for the fall, so we can be more consistent with our family reading. I love it when they read on their own, of course - but it's nice when we can all share a story together, too.

Mom and Kiddo said...

In some ways I feel as though all books are "fantasy books"!

Jenny K said...

We're in the middle of a family read-aloud of The Hobbit too. We're taking it slow since our little guy is only three years old.

Christy said...

I love Catwings!!! I have wondered about those fairy books.

Ticia said...

I'm going to have to check into Catwings, I vaguely remember reading some of her stuff in college.

Hobbit? Really? I'm having Jeff hold off on that one because I don't think my kids have the concentration for it quite yet. I'm impressed.

Z-Kids said...

We read The Hobbit as a family earlier this year. Shortly after we launched into Lord of the Rings -- I was leery about the huge commitment at first, but the kid's are loving it. After months, we're finally closing in on the end :)