It was a vacation week, but we still read a lot of good books. Here are some of our favorites.
Beaver’s Lodge is another fiction book about beavers. It’s translated with German, and I was a little surprised to see how in the beginning of the book beaver gets injured and the picture on the page was showing blood flowing from his wounds. His friends then take over and build him a new home while he recovers. We try to impress on our daughter that it helps to plan what she wants to do first and prepare for her project, and this book has a nice lesson in planning. It inspired Smarty to draw several elaborate “floor plans” on her magnetic board.
Ruby Bakes a Cake was Smarty's favorite for independent reading this week. She also made both me and my husband read this book to her, because she finds it hilarious. In the book Ruby the Raccoon plans to bake a cake and asks her various animal friends for ingredients. She also invites them all to share it when the cake is ready. Was the cake with carrot tops, worms, flies, snails and nuts tasty? Well, Ruby’s friends found something to praise giving a lesson in graciousness and good manners.
Smarty got The Mermaid’s Purse as a present from JC when they met on Monday. She also got a very beautiful picture. Both presents were placed on her night shelf, and I found both the book and the picture in her bed several time this week. It’s a clever counting book, and Smarty particularly liked all the reasons the oyster was rejecting Mermaid’s offers. There is also an interesting “bonus page” talking about imaginary and real fish with funny names (for example, angel fish). It was pretty interesting to see some of those fish live in Monterey Aquarium this week.
Panda & Polar Bear is a delightful fictional story about two bears that are separated by a big cliff. Eventually a polar bear up on a cliff gets too curious and falls down into a panda bear’s land. It’s a story of friendship and of finding solutions to difficult problems. Smarty asked me if China is really that close to the North Pole, and I had to explain to her that the story is “make-believe”. We also used an opportunity to talk about the similarities and differences between those bears.
My “”honorable mention” book this week is On the Same Day in March. Smarty liked it OK, but didn’t read it as much as I expected her to and didn’t ask me to reread it to her. It’s a pretty clever introduction of different weather patterns on the same day in March (a spring equinox day) in different parts of the world. The pictures are nice, but the text is uneven. It almost looks like an author planned to make it a rhymed text in the beginning, but changed her mind pretty quickly. Still it is a good read for “world geography” unit.
What are your children reading this week. Link up and share – the linky is open all week.