We love Giles Andreae books, and Smarty was very excited to receive ABC Animal Jamboree in her big box of books from Tiger Tales. She immediately grabbed this book for independent reading and was making up her own tunes for the rhymes in the book. We happen to own two previous titles from Andreae/Wojtowycz – Commotion in the Ocean and Rumble in the Jumble, and this book is a superset of both – worth having in a home library, especially if you don’t have the first two.
We enjoy books by Bernard Most, but The Cow That Went Oink is Smarty's favorite. I brought it from the library before and featured it in my recommendations, but it’s still so popular that I will feature it again. I like the books that are appropriate for a wide age group, funny and can be used as early picture readers. This one fits the bill. It’s also about the usefulness of speaking a foreign language :)
I am probably the only one who has never heard of George and Martha series by James Marshall before I saw a reference in the book I was reading. It was recommended as a humor book for young readers without toilet references. Again, it was a big favorite for independent reading, and Smarty found it quite funny. I am sure we are going to be checking other George and Martha books from the series next time we visit the library.
Looking back at my selections for this post, I see that they all have something in common. They all have subtle humor in them without being forcefully funny. First Day Hooray by Nancy Poydar (I read it to Smarty several times) also belongs to this category, and I have to remember to read it again next year before school starts. It talks about how different people prepare for the first day – it includes a little girl who starts school, a custodian, a bus driver, a kindergarten teacher and a principal. My favorite part was seeing how all of them have fearful dreams before the first day and then the dreams are gone, and they all have a wonderful day.