We had a great reading week. I brought home a lot of books recommended by kindegarten reading list (family theme), and Smarty enjoyed all of them. One book that entirely bombed for us was Skippyjon Jones (not on the list). Smarty was horrified by this misbehaving cat and asked me to stop reading after about 5 pages. We were reading it in the bookstore, so she didn’t have a chance to get to know the book better. I think it’s a fun book, so we’ll try it again later. Now on to the winners! All of them were read together first and independently later.
Smarty loved Rabbit Food and kept it in her bed all week refusing to let it go. It’s a fun story about “reeducating” a picky rabbit and teaching him to eat veggies. It also makes a subtle point – adults are not always “spotless” in their own eating habits. I liked the strategy used in this book – keep children active and hungry, and they will eat whatever is put on their plates. We have to use this trick more often here.
I saw Ten Out of Bed on the library shelf and illustrations caught my eye. It’s a counting backwards story in its format, and the story line is pretty simple. A little boy plays different games with his stuffed animals until eventually all of them are asleep. The beauty of the book in its detailed illustrations, and it also gave Smarty new ideas for her own games to play instead napping. Her favorite page was a dancing page where everyone was wearing very elaborate tutus.
I wanted to get Panda Kindergarten for our China unit some time ago, but it was not available. That’s why I was excited to see it on the display shelf of the library and brought it home. It’s a fact-based book illustrated by photos taken in Wolong Natural Reserve. Smarty enjoyed the pictures of cute panda cubs, and we both learned a thing or two about what’s being done in an attempt to save these majestic animals from extinction.
Somehow we have almost missed Five Little Monkeys series by Eileen Christelow. It would have been a shame, because Smarty loved Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping. She rarely laughs at the humor in books, but this time she was giggling uncontrollably while I was reading the story. I was impressed by the story line, by the illustrations and by how this book incorporates simple addition and subtraction into the story. We will definitely keep reading these series for weeks to come :)