Saturday, September 1, 2012

This was our first week back to school. On the first day of school Anna brought back her reading log which she was very reluctant to keep, because she hates writing. We only got her to put 40 books there while in fact she probably read 200 over the summer. She is a person who uses reading to unwind and relax, and so there was a lot of reading this week when she was coming back home too tired to do anything else. I asked her to rate her books this week to identify her favorites and ended up with three 5 star books. Here they are:

Nate the Great

I was not surprised to see that Nate the Great book got 5 stars. Every time Anna goes to the library she looks for these books by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat in easy readers section. She likes the main character and his various  sidekicks. I read one in these series before, and it’s similar to Cam Jensen, but with more humor and nothing scary. The book is for early readers, grade 1 and up. Content is appropriate for younger children as well.

 

The Dumb Bunnies Go to the Zoo

I am pretty sure that we read this sequel to The Dumb Bunnies before, but Anna got it again from the library, giggled through the book and said that it’s awesome and very funny. David Pilkey certainly knows how to appeal to his target audience – the book is full of absurd situations and slapstick humor. Anna loves the books that tickle her funny bone, so, again 5 stars didn’t surprise me. Warning – parental guidance is advised since some might find humor too crude.

Lego Friends Forever

I was surprised that Anna even picked Lego Friends Forever by Helen Murray from the shelf, and I was even more surprised when she rated it as 5 stars, so I had to read it. I could see why she liked the book –it gives a lot of back story on each character and gives not-so-subtle ideas of play scenarios with Lego Friends play sets. I asked Anna who of five characters is most like her. I expected her to choose an “inventor girl”, but she also identified with a party planner character. Hmm… maybe there is something about my daughter that I need to know before she turns 13.

Greek Mythology

Together we are reading through Treasury of Greek Mythology by Donna Jo Napoli. As you could guess, this means that we arrived to Greek civilization in listening to Story of the World. I looked through several books in the library and picked one mostly because of beautiful illustrations by Christina Balit, relatively short stories and a logical order in how the myths are arranged. The only problem I have is the number of “SAT words” in every story – I have to stop every often and explain them to Anna – a couple of times I was stumped myself. If anyone has a favorite book of Greek myths – let me know in comment section, please.

11 comments:

Miss Courtney said...

I love Nate the Great as well. Did you check the Non-fiction Easy Reader section of the library? We keep all our easy reader books together, but I don't know if all libraries do. I've found some great biographies and Bible stories in this section.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I need to look for Nate the Great for Johnny I think...

Leah C said...

We have D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths and enjoy it. My son (who is 11 now) has always liked Greek mythology since we studied it for the first time with Story of the World.

Ozymandiaz said...

We love the McElderry Book of Greek Myths!

Julie said...

I'm going to have to check out that Lego Friends book. M and her friend have some of the Lego Friends sets and I'm sure she'd love to read back stories on some of the characters!

Ticia said...

I was going to recommend D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths too. The illustrations are pretty and the book is fairly kid friendly.

But, if you keep on with the one you're using think of the vocabulary she'll develop. I remember doing a unit in high school on various phrases that came from Greek mythology, it was SO much fun.

The Lego Friends book looks like a blast!

Momand Kiddo said...

There is also a series of books about one of Nate's friends, Olivia Sharp.

Kelly said...

I love that she is giving ratings for her books now too! Little J loves his Lego books too and Nate the Great was among his favorites in 1st grade.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

Our Side of the Mountain said...

Oh, I'm glad you shared about the Greek Myths book. I have pinned it for a Christmas present for my daughter. She's really into Greek Myths and the drawings in this one seem beautiful and artsy (like her). My youngest is on his 2nd Nate the Great book. They're fun books too! Hoping to start linking up again starting next week!

Gabriele said...

We loved Nate the Great here too!! The big favorite right now is Time Warp Trio though!

Christy said...

Collin loves Nate the Great books. We are currently reading and enjoying a book you recommended - Around the World on Eighty Legs (I think that is the title).