When we came to the library on Monday, I asked Smarty if there are any topic she is specifically interested in. Very firmly, she answered Greek Gods and Goddesses! She is becoming quite an expert in the Greek Myths, having read by now dozens of books. It’s interesting to see how all this reading is reflected in her vocabulary – very often her expressions make me smile. Here are some of the books I want to highlight this week:
Smarty said that her favorite Greek hero is Hercules and specifically asked for a more detailed book about his twelve feats. The book The Twelve Labours of Hercules by James Riordan was a great fit. The story is told in great detail (including the horror of his madness and destruction of his family) and illustrations by Christina Balit are wonderful. I wouldn’t recommend the book for a preschool crowd, but older children would enjoy it.
I didn’t have a lot of time to read to Smarty in the evenings, because we were dealing with lice infestation again! She was reading on her own while I was brushing her hair for an hour every night making sure there are no nits left untouched. Only once she asked me to read her a book and I picked On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Kathy Goldberg Fishman to celebrate Jewish holidays happening right now. The book gives a good overview of traditions and appropriate for children 4+ (due to length).
Smarty tried to play Poptropica a couple of times in the library, but couldn’t progress far (not having earphones didn’t help matters). She spied The Official Guide to Poptropica at the library and begged me to take it home. She read through it three times already, and I expect that she will want to play the game next time she earns some computer time. I looked at the book and on parent information on Poptropica website, and I think it’s going to be OK to allow her exploring this virtual world.