It was a nice reading week. I picked up some books based on the recommendations of WMCIR participants as well as some of our own choice, and majority was well received. One that tanked was Tinker Bell – Smarty expelled it from her room, because it was too intense for her liking. But we definitely had some good picks that were enjoyed by all.
I sometimes pick the books from the Houghton Muffin reading list for Kindergarten, since I know that content-wise they will be age-appropriate for my daughter. That’s how I stumbled On Monday When It Rained. Essentially it’s a “feelings book” combined with “days of the week” book, and it’s illustrated with black-and-white photos. I didn’t expect much from the book, but both of us really liked it, and Smarty used it as her “fall asleep with” book this week.
I wanted to get Who Will Be My Friends for a while now. We got an older edition of this book in the library, and I am curious if illustrations are updated for a newer edition. Smarty asked several times why the policeman in the book is carrying “a baseball bat” and what does it mean “to walk the beat”. I was a bit amused to see how Freddie goes to the park all by himself without a caretaker hovering by. The book doesn’t have a lot of text, but conveys the message that sometimes it takes a bit of courage and time to make friends – a good message for my reserved daughter.
Lines that Wiggle was something that popped up on Amazon when I was trying to find books on shapes, and this is one of those books that just ask for “Story+Art”. Some of the illustrations are done in glittery puffy paint, so the book has this nice sensory component to the story. The only thing that Smarty did not like about the book was the fact that it’s written partially in a very fancy cursive font – it made it hard for her to read. She can read regular cursive fine, but this one was too much.
Incidentally both me and Leah from Almost Unschoolers picked Three Pigs, One Wolf and Seven Magic Shapes at about the same time. She wrote about it last week and even did edible tangrams with her children. While Smarty enjoyed the book, she was not really into retelling this story with tangrams. I am afraid that the phrase “And the wolf ate the pig and his cat too” was a deal breaker for her. I really liked the ending and how this story ties up with a classic story of Three Little Pigs. I think I will try this book again when she is older.