This was not the best of our reading weeks. Usually we find the book or two every week – the book which we read many times. Somehow we again ended up having 52 books from the library, and as a result Anna was on “I just want the book I didn’t read before” track all week. She also got in serious trouble for pulling a page out of a library book (a page with no text that sometimes comes before a title page), because she wanted to make a bookmark. She was punished – 2 days with no reading time from both parents. There was a lot of crying. All this led to pretty dull week here, but here are some of our favorites:
How My Garden Grew is a pretty old book that we found at the library, and Anna was reading it again and again on her own this week. The story is rather simple and goes over the steps needed in planting and taking care of the garden. It also follows the garden cycle from spring to winter. It’s a good book both for very young children and for early readers.
After success of Toot and Puddle in our house, we got one of the sequel books in the library. Anna didn’t find A Present for Toot as interesting as the first one. She did look at it on her own once or twice, but I felt that the ending was a little ambiguous for her. She couldn’t tell me whether Toot liked his present – probably because Toot didn’t act in a wildly enthusiastic manner of toddlers in the end. Still, it’s a great book that ties well with the original story and develops characters further.
The Snail and the Whale was positively my favorite book of this week. I was so sure that Anna will like it too. It rhymes great, the illustrations are beautiful, and it has a theme of traveling and seeing new places. Unfortunately, she didn’t like it. There was one page of the whale in the storm which she found scary, and then she didn’t like the fact that the race boats caused the whale to become stranded. I highly recommend this book.
Math Fables was recommended by Kelly from One Small Room. I guess my expectations were high, so I was somewhat disappointed. The idea of the book (how a number can be constructed out of two smaller numbers) is interesting, but some of the rhymes felt forced, and some of the words (prudent, procrastinate) were a bit hard for Anna. I also noticed that she is a lot more interested in live math books when they involve people and not animals.
I am trying something new this week – using a Mck Linky blog hop instead of a basic list. Feel free to copy a code below and paste into your blog, but you don’t have to – you can just link to me as you did in the past. I am also linking this to Read Aloud Thursday at Hope is the Word and to Feed Me Books Friday at The Adventure of Motherhood.