I wonder how it is that I returned a bunch of books to the library, and we still have 44 library books at home. Hmm… Anyway, we had a great reading week between shared reading and independent reading. And, by the way, we are still listening to Little House on the Prairie audio book in the car, I think we are on pass #3 by now.
Smarty has been fascinated with aliens lately, and when I stumbled upon We Are Off to Look For Aliens by Colin McNaughton in the library, I picked it up. I was attracted by unusual format of the book where one story arch is replaced by “an insert story” in the middle and then finished in the end with a delightful twist. I was worried that Smarty might find the book a bit scary, but she just thought that it’s funny and read it many times to herself. The inside story can also be sung for those who are able and willing to do so.
This space theme was picked up by The Great Race by Dawn Casey, which was also very popular this week. It’s a legend of how Chinese calendar came about to be. I was very disappointed with the moral of the story – how the cunning and backstabbing Rat was rewarded for winning the race. I had some discussion with Smarty that we don’t want to win contests at any cost, but this book seems to send the opposite message. Outside of this, the story is pretty interesting and we might revisit it when we do another stop in China for our country studies (probably around their New Year).
I guess I am having “Apples to Apples” post today, since Chinese theme from The Great Race carried over to The Ugly Vegetables. I didn’t mean it to happen, but I am glad that our favorites of the week are somehow connected. It’s a book about the family planting Chinese vegetables in a suburban neighborhood while all the neighbors are planting flowers. I am tempted to make a trip with Smarty to one of our Chinese grocery stores and look some of those veggies up. Very nice book!
I always try to find good poetry books for Smarty to read once in a while. This collection of family poems by Mary Ann Hoberman is very nice, because it also focuses on the subject every child can understand – families. I only had a chance to read a handful of poems and then Smarty took it to her bed. She sometimes quotes from it, so I assume that she is reading the book every night before falling asleep. I wonder what she is thinking of “An Only Child” poem. It lists all the good and bad things about being an only one. I felt that this poem focused too much on negatives, but Smarty didn’t say anything. Perhaps she will bring it up out of the blue a couple of weeks later – it happens quite often with some of our books.