It was a very busy reading week. I just can’t stop myself when it comes to books, and Smarty inherited that. We have almost 50 library books checked out between the two of us, and Smarty enjoys independent reading a lot. She also reads me one book or story before bed, and I read her two back. So here are some of her winners from this week:
A couple of weeks ago we browsed through another book by Jamie Lee Curtis, and so I was happy when I found Today I Feel Silly in the library. In general, we like to read books about emotions, and Smarty really enjoyed the story. I was struggling a bit will illustrations and wondering what age the main character is supposed to be. Since the story is told in the first person, the character seems more mature in the story than suggested by the pictures. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book to 3+ audience (it does have some “big words”, but they fit the rest of the story).
Smarty really enjoyed The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins. She read it to me one night and said in the end that she really liked the end, because kids thought there would be no more cookies, but there were so many more! She read it every night before bed every night since. It can also be used for math, since kids in the story share the cookies between more and more people.
We haven’t found a book by Laura Numeroff that we didn’t like. It’s the first installment in The Jellybeans series, and we already read the second book in it – The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza. The Jellybeans and the Big Dance talks about how the Jellybeans first met and became friends. It’s a cute story, and it was another of Smarty's favorites for independent reading this week. I am looking forward to the next part of the story that is expected to be released in May 2011.
We enjoyed our Australian books this week – all of them featured aboriginal art. The best one was Ready to Dream, and I read about it on Thursday in my StArt post, but Big Rain Coming had the easiest text, and Smarty quickly squirreled it into her bed. The story is told in short sentences on every page where every day of the week people are looking forward to the big rain and eventually rejoice in it. Illustrations are gorgeous, and I am very glad that Smarty gets exposure to this unique drawing style.