Our home book collection is exploding, since my husband found new used books store which sells high quality books for $3. He constructed a new bookshelf in Smarty's room and moved her Magic Tree House collection there, which gave her an excuse to reread all her favorite Magic Tree House books. Together we are still plodding through 101 Read-Aloud Bible Stories and also read a couple of other books that I will share below.
The Children’s Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett was on my list of books to read for some time, and now it was almost too late. Some of the stories, especially fables, were familiar to Smarty, and the only story that really fascinated her was the one about Genghis Khan who killed his faithful bird in anger. Well, at least the book was not in vain, because we are working now on controlling our temper and not acting out in anger.
I don’t recall exactly how we got into this conversation, but Smarty mentioned to me that she doesn’t know fractions. It’s a little amusing, because she uses them instinctively, but I guess she didn’t have formal introduction to them. So I brought home Fraction Action by Loren Leedy. Loren Leedy definitely has a gift of explaining complex concepts in a very simple way. I liked little quizzes on every page and a big quiz contest between a teacher and students in the end. Good for 5+ due to topic.
Measuring Penny is another engaging mathematical story by Loreen Leedy. It was Smarty's favorite book this week, and she volunteered to read it back to me twice. It’s good when the mathematical content and the story flow well together, like they do in this book that introduces different units of measurement. In addition, the book is good for dog lovers (my daughter, however, is not a dog lover), because it introduces so many different dog breeds. Good for 4+.
Starry Messenger by Peter Sis was recommended by Joyful Learner. In general I end up really liking Peter Sis books, and Smarty is indifferent to them. This one was not an exception, especially since some of the text is written in a fancy cursive that even I had difficulty reading. I think we will reread this book later when daughter leaves her current fantasy-focused phase and moves back to biographies and non-fiction.