Saturday, February 26, 2011

Winnie the Pooh

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

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+.

365 PenguinsI 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.

Be My Valentine

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.

Ten things I can do to help my world

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.


Mom and Kiddo said...

New Kid is obsessed with 365 penguins, too. I edit the story for him but he is always asking for it. I think I read somewhere that kids don't distinguish between reality and fantasy until they are 5 or 6?

I'm so glad you liked the President book. I agree that books about what the president does are important. The history part can always come later...

Christy said...

I love Winnie the Pooh; we have a nice treasury of unabridged Pooh too. So sweet.

C and R thought 365 Penguins was funny, but we did not spend much time on the math. I like all of the math opportunities for older children with the book though.

That last book looks like one we will have to check out.

The linky doesn't seem to be working, so I'll try to link up later.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'm really curious about the See Inside Science book in your widget at the top - how was that one?

Joyful Learner said...

The president book looks interesting although we read one with the same idea but in a story/rhyming format which K prefers. I will have to check that one out next time though.

We loved 365 Penguins. I loved that it exposed the idea of multiplication and putting them in groups! I think K understood that much even if she wasn't doing the computations in her head. K is big on fantasy so this book was a big hit.

Anna's personal likes and dislikes are so interesting especially since they are so strong.

Katie said...

We could not find a good president's day book, I will have to remember that one.

Julie said...

I'll have to check out the Yoko and Friends books. I think M might like those. Most of the early readers C liked were about boys so I'd like to find more about girls for M.

LitLass said...

I'm going to have to check out the Yoko books too. We have a booklet of activities to go along with them but haven't done anything yet since we haven't read any Yoko books yet. 365 Penguins sounds like a book both of my boys will enjoy, so I'm adding that to our list.

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Ticia said...

I've got hte 365 penguins sitting in our library box waiting to be read. I"m curious to see how my kids like it.

That President one does sound very interesting.

Tracey M. said...

We love the Winne the Pooh animal encyclopedia we saw on your site! J did a lot of looking through it this week. We found Yoko and Friends on DVD (she brings sushi to school) and they are fun.
Thanks for hosting another fun reading week ;)

MaryAnne said...

I love the original Winnie The Pooh stories!

That "10 Things I can Do To Help My World" sounds like a good one to read.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What great books!!

We have the same Winnie the Pooh story book, and it is one of our favorite go-to books.

The last one sounds really interesting too -- I love that they are things kids can do. Awesome!

Jackie H. said...

You should definitely get a penguin! It would love your climate ;) Maybe she needs to read Mr. Popper's Penguins. It's been a looong time for me since I read that one but I think they have their penguins in their freezer or something????