Smarty's room has been a disaster lately. Not so much because of the toys, but books are everywhere. Several times I had problems tracking some of her library books, but usually she knows where a particular book is hiding. I learned from experience to look under her bed and under her mattress when something is lost. She reads a lot independently now, and only wants me to read “new books”. Here are her current favorites:
What Makes You Happy? is one of the books that I got at the library sale a week ago. It migrated to Smarty’s shelf next to her bed and now she reads it to herself several times a day. In fact, we always have to dig this book out of her bed when she falls asleep in the evening. It’s a cute simple book with beautiful illustrations, and I can see how relaxing it must be for her to think happy thoughts before falling asleep in the evening.
Another good book sale find was A Bear Called Paddington. We got an earlier edition that tells a great story, but the format is not very friendly for young children (too much text on the page). However, this book is also published as picture book series with beautiful illustrations by R.W. Alley, and I got two of them in the library. We have really enjoyed this new bear series and plan to look for more books about this adorable bear.
We read a lot of books about ballet lately, and Smarty started to say again that she wants to start dancing classes again. I am very undecided about it, since she absolutely refused to go after two visits during our previous attempt to start dancing. In the meantime, we both enjoyed I Wear My Tutu Everywhere – a cute story about a girl who is very much in love with her fancy tutu. I don’t know why Smarty loves the story so much – she absolutely refuses to wear her own.
I was a little surprised that Look What Came From Mexico was the most requested book this week. We read other books from the same series, but Smarty was not nearly as fascinated about them. She asked a lot of questions and all the time commented on the dates in the books. She kept saying, that was a long time ago! I did modify the text a bit to skip things that she never heard of. Sometimes she caught me sometimes she didn’t. She told me that she likes to learn about countries, and that she wants to learn about England next. Castles and kings, here we come :)