It was another eclectic week of reading in the house, but at least we had some time for reading together this week. We are reading Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart selected by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Michael Emberley. Smarty didn’t express desire to learn any of the poems by heart, but she surely enjoys good poetry neatly arranged by different topics. I am thinking of getting this book for our home library, because I believe that good poetry can be read and reread at any age.
In Smarty's school first graders are expected to check out one book from a school library every week and write a very simple book report on it. They are only allowed to choose picture books. I asked Smarty why and she said, Not all first graders have time to read chapter books. Yeah, right. Anyway, she chose Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems. It’s about the only book by Mo Willems that we haven’t read before, and it’s very cute. Smarty said that she chose this book, because it’s funny and the monster is very cute and not scary at all.
Of course, not a week passes in our houses without another Green myths book (luckily, our library has so many of them!). This time Smarty picked up a thin paperback of Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves in the library that was not illustrated at all and didn’t have this inviting cover. I thought that she won’t read this book that seemed so far above her age. I was wrong – she keeps rereading it, told me all about new (to her) stories that she learned from this book and keeps chuckling at certain points. She got me so intrigues that next week I am going to read this book myself