Smarty is in a fun age where she can read pretty complex books independently, then turn around and enjoy Reader Rabbit Teaches Phonics game. This week she read both long chapter books and a lot of picture books that she chose at a library. Here are some of her picks and some of mine.
My husband bought Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator in a used book store, and Smarty happily grabbed it, since she enjoyed reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory first with me and then on her own. She reported that the book is super fun. Willie Wonka invented the pills to make people young again and gave them to Charlie’s grandparents. Each pill makes people 20 years younger, and they each took 4 and became babies again. One of them was only 75 and then she became… negative 5. So they all had to go to a scary land to get her out. I guess I need to read a book myself to know what it’s really about.
Around the World on Eighty Legs was a big hit in the house, and I was amused to see that the author Amy Gibson lives practically next door in Los Gatos, California. Technically, the book misses North America and Europe, but the books has fantastic short poems about animals from all other continents. There were even a few animals I’ve never heard about, and I can see many-many follow up activities that can be done on this book. I am thinking of getting this one for our home library!
I got Creation by Gerard McDermott in the library because of its beautiful illustrations that made me go, How did he do that??? My daughter is not much into illustrations, but she also enjoyed the story told in the first person by God. She told me that she wished the book were longer. Again, this book would lend itself extremely well to extensions, I am thinking of pastels on the black background if we ever find time and inclination to try it out.
We don’t do “formal math” in the summer, but I am trying to read at least one living math book a week together, so Smarty's interest in math stays fresh. We like books from Hello Math series, because math content is woven well into the stories. Smarty was a little upset that even though the main character earned some money doing chores for one of his brothers, other siblings took this money away because he owed them. It never happens to her, since she really loves saving whatever money comes her way and she is planning to “get rich” at the garage sale today