Late last week I brought Smarty one of Arthur books by Marc Brown home from the library. She loved them a lot when she was younger, and keeps reading the few that we own. On my next library visit she asked me to bring her “Arthur books and space books”. She is still very interested in all things space-related. However, only one of clear winners of the week was related to space. Here they are:
I was lucky to stumble upon this gorgeous book in the library while it was still so new. Out of Sight by Pittau and Gervais is a flap book but also so much more! The animals are hiding behind the flaps that display their shape, the patterns of their skin, show only their feet or their ears. Then each flap contains a fascinating and little known fact about the animal, for example, the difference between jaguars and leopards. Smarty absolutely loves the book and also learned quite a lot of new animals (for example, shrew and okapi) from it. I am very motivated to check out other titles by this pair of authors.
I was saving Seeds! Seeds! Seeds! by Nancy Elisabeth Wallace for a special “class outside”, but Smarty found it and informed me that she loved it so much I read it twice. It’s a wonderful book that combines art, science and a good story. Interestingly, Smarty didn’t care much about suggested art projects (seed collection, bean mosaic), but was very interested in how the seed grows and suggested to plant something (actually, she wanted to plant a melon). And we will… soon. March is a great time to read this book since that’s when the story takes place.
A Village Full of Valentines by James Stevenson was recommended last week by What Do We Do All Day, and, ironically, it was the only fiction book left in the library for Valentine’s Day. Smarty quite enjoyed the story even though I don’t think she quite got the humor in some of the stories (it’s a book with small stories that all tie together in the last story). I, on the other hand, quite enjoyed subtle messages and situations described in the book.
Our new space book this week was If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith Mcnulty. I read it to Smarty first, and then she added it to the ever growing piles of her favorites. One word of warning – this story is long with no good place to stop. Illustrations by Steven Kellogg are whimsical and realistic at the same time. I liked how the book combines fantasy (a boy going to the Moon) and reality (what he would feel in space and on the Moon). It really worked well for Smarty's comprehension level and for her desire to read books about “things that really happened”.
I gave honorary mention to Mattland last week and said that Smarty didn’t seem interested in the book. Well, this week she definitely was, and I’ve seen her reading it and looking at the pictures many times. It clearly “grew on her”, so check it out when you get a chance.