We read several versions of the classic Goldilocks story over years, but for some reason Smarty was really interested in this newer version retold by Susanna Davidson and illustrated by Mike & Carl Gordon. The story pretty much follows the classic path, but there is a more extended introduction which makes it very clear that Goldilocks is a very naughty girl. Illustrations and the book itself are very beautifully done, and I noticed that daughter appreciates well made books more lately. Good read for all ages – starting with infant and ending with independent readers.
We kicked off fall reading season with The Pumpkin Fair by Eve Bunting illustrated by Eileen Christelow. It’s written in a crisp verse and describes the love of the main character for her own pumpkin. Smarty sneaked the book in the car and read it for a good dozen times this week. She also looked very carefully at illustrations trying to comprehend not only actions but also emotions of various characters. I thought it’s a sweet book with a good message, but it might be a bit too long for younger toddlers.
While Smarty was lukewarm about other books by Barney Saltzberg, she loved Cornelius P. Mud series. The story is pretty simple, and the drawing reminded me of our other favorite author Todd Parr. Smarty found the illustrations hilarious and enjoyed reading the books to herself after we read and talked about them together. Cornelius P Mud, Are You Ready for School also has a very neat twist in the very end of the book that I won’t reveal here. Good for all ages.
My Kindergarten is another of Rosemary Wells’ books that can serve as a teacher manual (I recommended Emily’s First 100 Days of School a couple of weeks ago.) Luckily, this book is divided into months, so we didn’t have to read it in one sitting. It’s really great in introducing many concepts, and one can do any number of mini-studies based on short stories in this book. I am thinking of buying this book for our home library.
Honorable mention goes to Tell Me a Dragon. Smarty was a bit tentative about it, since Dragons belong to fairy tales, and she finds all supernatural creatures scary. But the book is beautifully illustrated and in each page a girl from different culture presents “her dragon”, and they are friendly dragons. I asked Smarty what her dragon would look like and after thinking about it for a minute she brightened up and said that she will have a chocolate dragon with sweet breath and chocolate kisses. And then she will eat it all up. I think her dragon is a German dragon :)