Saturday, April 23, 2011

We read a good mixture of longer and shorter books this week. Smarty is still on Magic Tree House kick, so I took her to the chapter book shelves in the library and let her pick a few to read. While there she also discovered Magic School Bus chapter book series and wanted to grab all of them. Eventually she picked two, and one made it to her list of favorite books of the week:
Expedition Down Under
Expedition Down Under from Magic School Bus was definitely Smarty's favorite of the week. I didn’t read the whole book, but she wanted me to read her two favorite chapters to her – about jumping on pogo sticks with kangaroos. Smarty really connects to the kids in these series, especially with fearful Arnold, and she is always happy when he manages to overcome his fears and have fun. She also read Dingoes at Dinnertime this week, which was also well received. I was a bit surprised that she was not more excited to see an actual live baby koala with his mommy in San Francisco zoo, but, of course, they were both fast asleep in the tree.
Loch Ness Monster
The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster was recommended by Almost Unschoolers. I wasn’t sure reading this book whether daughter finds it funny or scary, but she opted for funny. Smarty was wondering why she didn’t grow up to the size of Nessie yet, since she eats oatmeal every day for breakfast with great enthusiasm. Apparently, this magic doesn’t quite work on humans. We also discussed whether any part of the story is true, and Smarty  expressed big desire to go to Scotland and look for Nessie.
Big Book Martin
Our poetry book this week was The Big Book of Poetry compiled by Bill Martin Jr. We own and love this book, and the illustrations are awesome! Pretty much every well known illustrator contributed to this book. Smarty loves to read this book on her own and definitely has her favorites. I already recommended this book before, but wanted to highlight it again as a “must-have” for home library or at least “must read” if you can find it in your public library.
Winnie the Pooh Treasury
I picked up Disney Celebrate the Year with Winnie the Pooh at the library, because the book looked like something Smarty will love – a big fat book full of stories about different holidays. I didn’t really get to read the book, but Smarty was falling asleep with it every night, and is still refusing to give it to the library, so I have to assume that it’s a good age-appropriate book. It also has a craft for each holiday, but they are not especially spectacular, and she didn’t ask me to do any of them.
Annie Anya
My personal favorite this week was a rather obscure book – Annie… Anya a Month in Moscow by Irene Trivas. A friend gave this book to us as a present, and I really enjoyed the story even though some parts of it are somewhat dated (the book is written in 1992). An American 5-year old girl Annie spends a month in Moscow and makes friends with a Russian girl named Smarty. There are many Russian words in the book since learning Russian is part of the story. Smarty really enjoyed this book before and kept asking me for more Russian words all evening. This book would be a good find for someone who wants to do a unit on Russia as part of country studies.


RedTedArt said...

Oh the pogo sticks take me back!!!! I love how sometimes they read books on their own terms - i.e. a certain chapter or just the pictures - and actually seem 100% engaged and happy!


Julie said...

Interesting selection this week. We read the Loch Ness Monster one and M loved it. I'll have to look for that poetry book. I got three from the library for Poetry Month but none were very good so I haven't bothered to review them.

MaryAnne said...

That poetry book looks great! I just borrowed a copy from our library this afternoon after seeing your post this morning =)

Elise said...

The Big Book of Poetry sounds excellent and I am going to buy a copy of this. We really enjoy adding to our poetry book collection. At the moment Savvy and I have been spending a lot of time reading poetry so I can't wait to get this book.

I am happy to see that Anna enjoyed the Aussie book too. Does the zoo have a certain time period where you can cuddle a koala? When we went to our local zoo we were able to have a photo cuddling a koala. Savvy and Blakie thought the koala was so soft and were delighted to be able to touch one.

Leptir said...

Happy Easter :-)

Fun Mama - Deanna said...

How delightful to be able to touch a koala!! Thank you for setting this up. I really enjoy tracking our favorite reads this way.

Ticia said...

That does sound like a delightful book about Russia.

Jackie H. said...

Can't wait to try out the Bill Martin Jr. Poetry book. We are always on the look out for poetry to add to our library!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I still haven't got my hands on that poetry book yet! I'm hoping to get it from our library soon.