We read some great books this week due to generosity of Tiger Tales publishing house and to our visit to the library. Here are the best picks.
I was not at all surprised that The Fairy Ball was a solid leader this week. This book came in Tiger Tales package together with another adorable book from the same series –The Birthday Party. Both books are beautifully illustrated, but The Fairy Ball is absolutely problem-free while in the other book the birthday picnic gets rained upon. I think I mentioned before that my daughter loves everything to be problem-free, and I also don’t think that we ever read such a lovely fairy story before. I highly recommend both books and my opinion is not biased by the fact that we received them for review from Tiger Tales.
I admit that I was surprised by Smarty's second favorite from Tiger Tales package. When I thought this book, I felt sorry that we didn’t have it two years ago when she was one. It contains all the popular action rhymes (I am a little teapot, Itsy-bitsy spider, etc.) and it’s beautifully illustrated. I thought, however, that my 3.5 year old is “too old” to like this book. I was obviously wrong, since she brings it with her to bed every night and sings the rhymes to her baby doll.
Before leaving for my UK and Israel visit I brought home And Shira Imagined from the library. This book was recommended by Fairion at Lionden Landing. We both enjoyed it a lot. I liked the format of the book – how the pages split between something that happens in modern Israel and something that happens in Shira’s imagination. It also has a very neat twist in the end. Even before I left Smarty read it several times on her own, and now, I hope, she can imagine her own scenes with me in them :)
Tyrannosaurus Math was recommended by Almost Unschoolers – it nicely weaves Smarty’s favorite dinosaur into a math story. Some of the math is too advanced for a 3 year old, but Smarty liked the ending of the story that showed T Math finding practical application for his math skills. The book doesn’t mince words about T Math and his family gobbling up other dinosaurs, but for some reason Smarty is always rooting for meat eaters in the books and movies that we watch.