It was a nice reading week with many books that we enjoyed. However, we reached a point where Smarty only wants me to read most books once – then she is reading them herself. She only wants me to repeat books that she doesn’t quite understand – not the words, but the situations or behavior. Here are some of my picks this week, and next week I will start asking her to rank her favorites and explain why she likes those books.
A few weeks ago we read Imagine by Alison Lester, so when I saw her When Frank Was Four in the library, I grabbed it right away. The book follows a group of 7 kids over 7 years of their life and also has counting scavenger hunt in the end. The text is simple, but Smarty wanted to discuss each behavior with me and “sort” them into “it’s good” and “it’s bad”. It’s difficult sometimes to explain to her that certain things are OK for a one year old, but wouldn’t be acceptable for a “big girl” like herself. It’s even harder to explain that what’s not good for a 3 year old will be OK for a 7 year old. We had some good discussions with this book as a guide, and the illustrations are pretty nice too.
When I saw The Princess and the Potty in the library, I thought immediately of little Princess from Adventures in Mommydom and her potty training. I think a lot of princesses in training will like this book. Both Smarty and I found it funny, and Smarty enjoyed making predictions on what will happen next. Smarty also learned a new word: pantalets. It really amused me how the king and the queen were worried about what the neighbors next door will think when their daughter was refusing to use the potty.
We haven’t been raised on Little House books. In fact, I have never read them. So I was curious to pick up one of the modified picture books from the series to see what they are about. The opinions were split in the house. I liked the illustrations and the story about how life was more than a century ago. My husband called the book “Sunday School fare” and said that it’s too wholesome and unrealistic. Smarty didn’t ask many questions, which made me think that she couldn’t really comprehend it. We will still try more books in the series to see if she begins to understand this world from way back when a little better.
We are going through original Toot & Puddle books, but I really disliked Top of the World. The reason of my dislike is the premise that Toot went on a long journey “on a whim” without telling anyone and leaving Puddle worried and searching for him. I also kept looking for missing pages, because the story felt very disjointed to me. Apparently, it’s more up to a reader to fill in the missing pieces based on the pictures, but I found this book not of the same story telling quality as the first one in the series.