We didn’t have a particular theme this week, but there were three clear winners this week, two “runner ups” and one “honorary mention”. Here they are:
Here is what Smarty had to say, I adore this book. I don’t want it to ever go back to the library. Please buy it for me! Believe me, she rarely gives such glowing review and asks to buy books (unless she is standing in a books store). Mrs Muddle’s Holidays (recommended by Ready, Set, Read) by Laura Nielsen was a huge hit, and the illustrations by Thomas Yezerski work wonderfully with an engaging and warm story. It also got thumbs up from me, but because of the length is probably more suitable for 4+.
One of the questions in Smarty's question box was How much is a million rice? I was excited to see that our library system has added How Big is a Million? by Anne Milbourne to its collection since the last time I checked for this book about 4 months ago. It’s a perfect book for young kids asking big questions. Pipkin goes in search of a million and ends up finding 10 fish, 100 penguins, 1000 snowflakes and a brand new friend. What about a million? There is a big surprise in the end of the book.
My daughter loves non-fiction. She spent many hours pouring over another entry from this Winnie the Pooh series - “Animals”, and I got “Nature” from her from Paperbackswap. She was very excited to get this new book – I love this book! I am so happy I am going to jump and shout with joy! Thank you! Thank you! So now I am treated to new facts about the stinkiest flower on Earth and about comets. I definitely recommend this series for young independent readers who enjoy non-fiction.
The runner ups of the week were How You Got So Smart recommended by Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn and a new “Pip book” from Karma Wilson called What’s In the Egg Little Pip? Smarty loves Karma Wilson’s stories and illustrations by Jane Chapman are terrific. This is a perfect book for a family going from one child to two, and I thought that it captures the feelings of the formerly single child pretty well.
Honorable mention goes to Courage by Bernard Waber. It’s a great conversation starter on the topic that really fascinates my daughter – what it means to be brave. I liked the variety of scenarios, because they helped my daughter to focus on situations where she displays courage instead of defining herself as a “scaredy cat”. I could even see the impact in her behavior during swimming classes, so I would definitely recommend this book.