I noticed that when Smarty is cranky and not feeling well, she chooses her own “comfort books”. Usually they are books from her baby days – flap books, vocabulary books and a Disney set of Winnie the Pooh stories that she got from my parents somewhere around her first birthday. She claimed this week that Pooh and Roo was her favorite book to read, and she also slept with it. It’s a cute story about Roo throwing a surprise birthday party for Pooh – I can see why she finds this story “just right” for her tired and feverish brain.
We tried Fancy Nancy books in the past, but Smarty was not very interested in them. But during the last library book sale I got our own copy of the first book and presented it to Smarty after we got back from our vacation. She wanted me to read it to her several times and was suddenly very interested in “being fancy”. She was studying the pictures of “fancy” and “plain” objects very carefully and said wistfully several times, “I wish I were fancy”. Well, honey, this actually requires effort, doesn’t it?
We got Jacob’s Tree in the library before going on vacation, and Smarty enjoyed it a lot this week as well. She read it by herself, and we read it together as well. I highly recommend this book – it can also be used for those who like Five in a Row approach. Seasons changes, measurements, family relationships and a value of patience – it’s all there, and the illustrations are quite beautiful as well. One of the first things Smarty did when we came back home is running to her growth chart to see if she grew while she was away.
For kids who are not happy with “dinosaurs died out” scenario this book offers an excellent alternative. I also got it at the library book sale. I just found out looking at Amazon site that it’s actually the middle book in the series of three, and I will definitely look for other two, but the story stands well by itself, and the illustrations are extremely engaging. I have to admit that I enjoyed it more than Smarty, because she kept telling me throughout the whole book that dinosaurs did die out and they cannot come back to eat us.
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