This was a shorter reading week for us, since Smarty left on Wednesday night to visit her grandparents, but we just had enough time to finish all our library books. Here are a few of our favorite picks:
I wish we could do a story extension project on Old Bear’s Surprise Painting, but we didn’t have any time for involved art this week. The illustrations are beautiful, and the story will probably work for children between 2 and 5. All the toys pick a pattern to paint, not all of them are happy with their work, but their splashes and stripes look spectacular when put together by their more experienced friend. We might still revisit this book when daughter comes back from her travels.
We read several other nature books by Jim Arnosky before, but Smarty was not very interested in them. However, she loved Every Autumn Comes the Bear and read it both with us and independently. I tried to discuss details of illustrations, but she just wanted to hear the story again and again. I think most of her interest in bears comes from The Little House in Big Woods – mostly she wants to hunt them and taste bear meat.
This was Smarty's favorite book for independent reading this week – she informed me that I don’t need to read it to her since she can read it herself. I browsed through it when she wasn’t home, and was wondering if Smarty feels sorry for the pigeon or delights in her power over him. I suspect the latter is true – she usually likes rules and especially likes to enforce them for others. Not surprisingly the book made it to her bedside shelf of favorites.
Bunny Money was wildly popular this week. Smarty kept reading this book many times on her own, and we also played store several times. Smarty didn’t like the fact that the characters spent all their money, but was relieved by the ending of the story. She told me, I don’t want to spend any money, because I love money too much, and I already have too many toys. Oh, and Babushka (grandma) will have new toys for me, because she loves to spoil me. So true!