The winners of the week were pretty clear this time. Here they are:
We listened to the audio recording of Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin (read by author) about a month ago, and I finally got an audio book of a sequel – Catwings Return. This audio book came in a package with an actual book, and Smarty loved being able to follow along. She also read a book separately and listened to the recording too many times to count. She is in love with this book and constantly acts out the scenes from it – her ability to quote long paragraphs by heart amazes me. The story itself is lovely and less intense than the first book, and I think that 4+ crowd will love these series.
My Town by Rebecca Treays was recommended last week by One Little Room, and, as most Usborne books, became an instant hit. To be honest, I only got to look through it briefly before Smarty snatched it, but I knew that she will like it. It has a simple non-fiction story, flaps and a lot of definitions – everything that she enjoys in non-fiction books. I liked that the book also has maps and shows how the town changed and grew over time.
Since daughter is currently obsessed with space travel, she enjoyed Living in Space book from DK Eyewitness Readers series. It’s one of those books where Level 2 is somewhat misleading, since vocabulary of the book was somewhat challenging even for my fluent reader (she has problems sounding out long words that she cannot decode from the context). I read this book together with her to make sure she doesn’t skip those long words, and then she was pouring over it on her own.
Smarty read Rescue Bunnies by Doreen Cronin a couple times and then brought it to me and started asking questions. The book fascinated her enough to start playing the story pretending to be a Newbie and rescuing a giraffe. One interesting thing about this book is that it had random quotes from Tom Cruise movies sprinkled through it, and Smarty asked me about every single one. Try to explain “Truth? You can’t handle the truth!” to a 4 year old. I think it’s not an easy book for read-aloud, but illustrations are really engaging.