We have been busy this week and didn’t read together as much as we usually do, but Smarty still read a lot on her own. Here are some favorites from the week.
Last week Smarty had rainforest theme in her school. I usually pick up a couple of more “advanced” books for her school theme of the week. We read both The Great Kapok Tree and The Shaman’s Apprentice by Lynne Cherry, but Smarty liked The Shaman’s Apprentice a lot more. She said that The Great Kapok Tree when a man is trying to cut a beautiful tree of the rainforest is too sad, and she was very fascinated with drawings of various medicinal plants in The Shaman’s Apprentice book. More religious people might not like the book, since it sort of implies that primitive religion of local tribes is just as valid as Catholicism brought by white missionaries, but this whole point, of course, was not noticed by my 4 year old.
This week Smarty had Birds theme in school, and she really enjoyed Fine Feathered Friends from Cat in the Hat Learning Library series. As other books from these series, the story rhymes (mostly it rhymes well), and it gives a lot of interesting facts about birds. I am impressed how many information could fit into this rhymed story. When we have time, I plan to let Smarty learn more about birds by visiting this interactive Bird Guide and, of course, by watching birds in the nature.
The Butt Book by Artie Bennett was recommended by Library of Clean Reads. I think every child age 2+ will love this book considering intense interest all children seem to have in their body parts, especially in those that are usually not mentioned in good company. I only got to read this book once and thought that some of the text was probably beyond Smarty's understanding, but this didn’t prevent her from talking about her important butt for days on end.
I have seen Superhero School by Aaron Reynolds/Andy Rash mentioned on several blogs, most recently on Joyful Learner. It was on the border of tolerance for my daughter who doesn’t like any conflict and “scary” content in the stories. She had me read this book several times and discussed the content in great detail before declaring the book “too scary to stay in my room” and expelling it. She did like the idea of kids with superpowers though and told me that she would love to be able to fly.
“Special mention” goes to Mattland. This book was mentioned by The Linton Academy. Smarty didn’t seem too interested in it, but I really enjoyed both the story and the illustrations by Dusan Petricic. I observed lately watching her play with boys how they are more inclined to build the worlds while she is more interested in playing “situations”. This book is about building the world, so boys might especially appreciate it.