It was a rare week when daughter seemed to be more interesting in playing than in reading during her “rest time”, and I am quite excited about it. Even though I love that she loves reading so much, I also think that it’s important for her to actually do things, not just to read about them. Here are a few of her reading picks from the week.
Smarty picked up Rebecca’s Passover in the library and it was clearly her favorite book of the week. Last year she was terrified by the idea of the plagues, but now she was very fascinated with them and asked innumerable questions. The book does a really good job explaining a pretty complicated ritual. It is fairly long, therefore it was her favorite pick for reading before bed. Smarty's favorite part was an unexpected arrival of a special visitor.
We really like books written and illustrated by Debi Gliori, and Smarty really enjoyed our latest read – Mr Bear to the Rescue. She was already familiar with the characters from another Mr Bear book that we read recently and was delighted to meet them again in this suspenseful (but not scary) story of brave rescue in the stormy night. The story might still be a bit long for younger kids, but 3+ book lovers will surely find it engaging.
Mr Putter & Tabby is another of easy reader series by Cynthia Rylant. Seriously, I can’t imagine how one person can be so prolific and rather good (for her target audience) at the same time. Smarty was never too intrigued by Henry and Mudge, but she is always looking forward to reading Mr Putter books. Maybe, like myself, she is a cat person, not a dog person :) She keeps looking for Mr Putter & Tabby Catch a Cold, since she just loves reading about someone getting sick recently or she invents her own stories about sick people.
I was curious to see how my daughter will like Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary (our library had only this movie tie-in edition available when I looked for the first book in the series). I read Smarty the first chapter, and then she took over from me. It didn’t seem that she was very taken by Ramona – she was horrified by the fact that she wrote in the library book. In many ways Smarty seems to be more like Beezus than Ramona even though she is Ramona’s age. I plan to continue to read it to her hoping that she will ask more questions, and I will pick the next book in the series before starting Kindergarten.