We read a lot of good books this week. Smarty was mostly interested in fact-based books – probably her reaction to too many Halloween books. It was definitely Lois Ehlert week in the house – two of the three books are making to the list of Smarty's favorites.
Growing Vegetable Soup was requested every night this week, which is somewhat surprising since Smarty could easily read it on her own. But she had a lot of questions about vegetables – why some of them are planted as sprouts and some of them are planted as seeds, why some of them need stakes, why some of the stalks seem to bend while others are straight. I definitely feel that we need to have a vegetable garden of our own next year, so she can observe all this for real. She was a lot less interested in the last part of actually making vegetable soup – sadly, she is not a fan of eating vegetables.
Lots of Spots is a very recent book by Lois Ehlert – we picked it on the “new books” shelf of the library. While I really enjoyed the illustrations (very colorful collages that just ask to be made into a StArt project), I didn’t care much for the story because of its “SAT words” and forced rhymes. I was also somewhat confused with the flow of the book that started talking about camouflage and then suddenly switched into birds and mammals. Smarty, however, really enjoyed the book and read it many times – both with us and on her own.
The Pigs Picnic by Keiko Kazca is a story that will make both adults and kids laugh. Mr Pig is eager to impress Ms Pig, and his animal friends are very willing to help. The illustrations are very detailed, and Smarty was fascinated by one of them where a zebra span out of his stripes and gave them to Mr Pig. Of course, as expected, Mr Pig only succeeds when he learns to be who he really is. The book made it to Smarty
s bed several nights, so it was obviously very comforting to her.
I stumbled on Usborne Young Puzzle Book series accidentally and decided to try one out from the library. I wasn’t sure about it even when I looked through Puzzle Ocean, since my daughter is not really interested in look-and-find books at the moment, but she was quite interested in this book since it also came with the story line. It’s not a book to sit and read in one sitting. We are still going through it, but I thought I will bring this series to the attention of my readers. It’s definitely worth a try.
My “honorary mention” goes to Out of the Ocean by Debra Frasier. Smarty enjoyed the book as well, but she was focusing on tangible treasures that were found by the girl telling this story. She now keeps asking me when we can go “treasure hunting” at the beach. I almost wish the author didn’t include abandoned toys as possible beach finds. The main message of the book is that nature can give you anything you want if you know where to look, and the illustrations (combination of cut paper collages and photos) are beautiful.