This was our first week back to school. On the first day of school Smarty 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:
I was not surprised to see that Nate the Great book got 5 stars. Every time Smarty 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.
I am pretty sure that we read this sequel to The Dumb Bunnies before, but Smarty 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. Smarty 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.
I was surprised that Smarty 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 Smarty 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.
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 Smarty – a couple of times I was stumped myself. If anyone has a favorite book of Greek myths – let me know in comment section, please.