Saturday, January 29, 2011

The winners of the week were pretty clear this time. Here they are:
Catwings Return
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
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.
Astronaut Living In Space
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.
Rescue Bunnies
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.


Breanna said...

I love hearing other people's opinions and recommendations of books! This is so neat, thanks for sharing! I'll be coming back to see what else you recommend in the future! :)

Debbie said...

I came across a book at our library and thought of Anna, too bad I can't remember the exact title. It was something like Alien or Man on Mars.

Any how it looks like another great week of reading in your home.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

The book from your widget, Sweet Dreams Lullaby, looks like a good one too.

We have never read Catwings, but it is peaking my interest.

Anna is such a smart girl and I'm not surprised at all that she can quote long passages:-).

I'm wondering if Joe would like the Doreen Cronin book?

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Catwings and its sequel has me interested - I'll definitely have to look into these.

We've read other Doreen Cronin books, but I've never heard of the one you mentioned here - sounds like something Matthew would like! :)

MaryAnne said...

Quotes from Tom Cruise movies? How random!

I remember LOVING "Catwings Returns" when I was a little older than Anna, but I have no recollection of the plot as an adult!

Mom and Kiddo said...

Once again, I have failed to write a post, even though I have several ideas mulling around in my mind. We love the Catwings series. And of course I need to post a review since they are urban chapter books!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I have to say a children's book filled with Tom Cruise quotes, is a little bizarre - how funny!

Tracey M. said...

I think it was around Christmas or before we also read Rescue Bunnies. I thought it was so odd that they put those movie lines in there. Yes, not easy to explain!

Ticia said...

I'm with everyone else the Tom Cruise quotes is a little weird, but has me intrigued enough I want to try and find it.

I was thrown by the Le Guinn book because I think of her as a young adult/adult fantasy writer. But, I guess there are several authors who do both, so it's not too surprising. I've never been a fan of her older stuff, but this sounds intersting.

There's a series of books that came out in the 80s that Anna would probably love, now I need to remember what they're called.

Infant Bibliophile said...

Living in Space looks great for us too. I will have to look for it the next time we go to the library. I was going to put it on hold, but my last couple of holds have expired before I could get there to pick them up because it is getting harder to get out the door with the kids lately (between baby hating car rides and Bibliophile giving up naps and deciding to act like a typical tantrum-throwing three year old). :)

Tracey M. said...

OK, I now have Sweet Dreams Lullaby on hold at the library! I saw it on your post after I already commented. This looks like another good one. Thanks for leaving the suggestion!

catb said...

Thanks for the suggestion of catwings! Sal loved it and we're looking forward to the next ones in the series :)

LitLass said...

My 5-year-old loved Catwings (for some reason my 8-year-old didn't want to finish it--not enough adventure, I think he said). I'll have to get out Catwings Returns for the little one.