Saturday, August 11, 2012

What My Child Is Reading–August 11, 2012

We are in New Jersey this week visiting my parents. On the first evening we made a trip to the library and loaded up for a week, some books selected by Anna and some selected by me. While both me and my mom work, Anna spends a few hours every day sitting in her room and devouring books. Here are her favorites for the week:

How to Train Your Dragon 4

Anna continues to enjoy How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell. In fact, she even paid her own money (something that she is very reluctant to do unless it’s icecream) for Book 4 in this series, and this was the only book that she narrated to me (sort of). I could see why she loved this book even more than other books in the series – someone gets sick and there is a quest for a cure. In any case, I was happy to learn that there are a few more How to Train Your Dragon books available – perhaps I’ll find them in the library here.

Encyclopedia Brown Frogs

I stumbled upon Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol in my parents’ library and remembered an old recommendation from a friend of mine. At that time Anna didn’t want anything to do with any kind of crime, but this time she read and reread the book many time trying to understand the mystery. She couldn’t solve any of the mysteries herself, but I read the first story and couldn’t solve it either. Luckily, there are solutions in the end of the book. I already brought several other books from the same series for her to read next week.

Secrets of Droon Anna started reading The Secrets of Droon a couple of weeks back, but our library only had a few non-consecutive books in its collection, and I had to order every book from our library book system and wait for it. This library had an almost complete set, and Anna is happily going through the first 10… or 15… or 20. We are both enjoying her new love of fantasy and mystery, since this opened up a list of available chapter books quite a bit. Otherwise I cannot share anything about the books, since I didn’t read them, and she didn’t talk about them with me.

Gods and Pharaohs

The only book that we read together this week was Tales of Gods and Pharaohs by Marcia Willis. I loved it so much that I am going to review it twice in a row. There are 9 different stories in the book, and we read a couple each night, since the level of detail on each page is amazing. The book is done in hieroglyphic style and tells a few Egyptian myths and a few pharaoh stories. It’s a great combination of humor, history and art – I highly recommend this book for any Egyptian study you might want to do (for kids 5+ due to length and some potentially scary content).


Christy said...

Collin loves Encyclopedia Brown!

RockerMom a.k.a. Jennifer said...

I find it amazing (and wonderful) how many books Anna reads each week. Robbie doesn't seem like he will ever have that type of love for reading.

Jenny K said...

It is wonderful how much your child enjoys reading. I hope my little guy enjoys reading as much when he's the same age.

That fantasy series looks interesting.

Momand Kiddo said...

Hmmm, I might just have mentioned How to Train Your Dragon in my post today!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I loved Encyclopedia Brown as a kid! I got a couple from the library for Emma and she read them, but she is more into the American Girl series right now.

Joyful Learner said...

We haven't had time lately to read as much as K used to due to being outside and play dates. K read most of the SofD series and I still don't know what it's about. The Ancient Egypt book is great so I own a copy. I loved Encyclopedia Brown as a kid so we will read them eventually.

Ticia said...

I used to read Encyclopedia Brown over and over and over again. I"m looking forward to introducing the kids to it.

That Egypt book sounds wonderful!

Julie said...

C read the entire Secrets of Droon series last summer. He loved it. I also didn't read them but he and his friends enjoyed them, so I guess that's all that matters! I hope she enjoys the whole series.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Ancient Egypt looks like a great book. I love this theme.

MommyWise said...

I'm going to check out the Secret of Droon series... I think Aidan will like it. Thank you for the suggestion!

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