We owned this Winnie the Pooh Story Treasury since Anna was born. I like the fact that it has unabridged original stories and original illustrations. We read some of the stories to Anna when she was younger, and it’s exciting to see her being picking up this big book and reading it on her own. She never asks us to read it to her, but she was steadily working through this book during her rest times and is about two thirds through it by now.
If I Were President by Catherine Stier was recommended last week by What Do We Do All Day, and we both really enjoyed it. A lot of other books I looked at focus on the biographies of the Presidents, but this one talks about what President actually does. Illustrations by Diane DiSalvo-Ryan are hilarious and exact at the same time. I liked that the book was true to life stating that not everyone agreed with President and that President doesn’t always agree with Congress (veto right). We had a lot of very interesting and entertaining discussions as Anna tried to wrap her mind around these new concepts. Definitely recommended for 4+.
I saw 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental on many blogs – book blogs and math blogs alike. As I expected, the math part was over my daughter’s head since she cannot multiply yet, but she really enjoyed playful absurdity of the story. I personally found the eventual explanation of the events in the book a bit ridiculous, especially since Anna asked so many questions about it. We had a long discussions about whether it’s a “true book” or “make-believe” book. She has a hard time making this distinction if the book doesn’t explicitly feature magical characters. She is still asking if we could please get a penguin as a pet.
Anna is reading through Yoko and Friends School Days series by Rosemary Wells, and this was her pick of the week even though Valentine Day has already passed. She enjoys these books a lot since they deal with topics familiar to her and she enjoys replaying the scenarios later. Even though the story line and the text are pretty simple, I like the series because it features strong friendships between a girl and a boy – something that I think is missing quite often from other “life in school” books we read.
My “honorary mention” goes to 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Welsh. The page design is very creative with flaps hiding the end of the sentence and making a reader wanting to see what author wanted them to remember. And the advice is not overwhelming for young children – they can be in charge of turning off the lights or turn the water off while brushing their teeth. One tip that I would love for Anna to adopt is using both sides of paper while drawing or writing.