Last Saturday we brought home one of the books from Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie series. It was highly recommended by Julie from My Book Retreat. It’s perfect for Smarty’s independent reading level, and she fell in love with this book. On Tuesday we brought home 6 more books from the same series, and Smarty just sat and devoured them all one by one. I had to help her with a couple of words in those 6 books, but she just couldn’t stop reading them and begged to take them in bed. I can see now why these books are so well liked – the number of words on each page is not overwhelming, and each tells a cute story of friendship. It’s also perfect for predicting
We own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Smarty really liked it when she was younger. But we never read Chicka Chicka 123 before. We got it in the library, and Smarty really enjoyed the book. She asked for it many times and quoted from it just for fun. It also seemed to help her to figure out the difference between, say, 16 and 60. And I personally like how clever this book is – it introduces skip counting by 10 and counting backward in a very playful way.
It looks like every week we have another book by Mem Fox among our favorites. What is interesting is that they are all illustrated by different artists, so they have very different feel to them. People who watch Olympics (we don’t) might find it extra interesting, since Koala Lou competes in Bush Olympics in this book in an attempt to impress her mother. I planned to keep this book until our Australian “expedition” but maybe we will reread it again then.
We got this book in the library, and I think that we are going to acquire it eventually since it’s a book that can be read many times over years. It’s a collection of fairy tales from different countries. Most of them are over Smarty’s head and mostly deal with getting rich with the help of some sort of local magical creature. For example, in Chinese story it was a green dragon. I really disliked Russian story that they included – I guess Smarty has to be at least 10 to even understand its premise and moral. Still, she likes the book because she really likes long books with many stories inside. I am pretty sure she will be a voracious chapter book reader when she is a little older.