Without much delay this week, here are our top books:
I found this thick Treasury of Little Golden Books in the library, and it’s positively Smarty's avorite book of the week. The book was criticized in Amazon reviews because the font and the pictures are smaller than in original Little Golden Books, but my daughter doesn’t mind. She is happily reading through the stories on her own and enjoys them since they are very age-appropriate (on a younger side sometimes). I think we are going to get this book for our home library, since I think she can enjoy it for a few years still.
The Perfect Pet by Margie Palatini was a random find that we both enjoyed. I liked that in the book the parents didn’t bow to the pressure of their daughter to get a pet. Usually the stories like that end with parents caving in, and I don’t like my daughter to think that this is going to work here. In the end of The Perfect Pet the main character does get a pet, but you have to read a book to find out what kind of pet it was.
I couldn’t pass by The Mother’s Day Mice that was created by one of my favorite authors Eve Bunting and illustrated by Jan Brett. The story is lovely and has just enough action and suspense to keep it interesting but not scary for younger kids. I loved that one of the presents on Mother’s Day ended up to be something that is not “material” even though every child put a lot of thought and effort into theirs. Great read for Mother’s Day!
I admit that I picked up Princess Grace by Mary Hoffman in the library because of the cover. But I was even more excited when I looked through the story. For once, here comes a book about princesses that I can enjoy reading with my daughter. I consider myself a liberal feminist even though in certain circles it’s almost a swear word, and I want to raise my daughter to be a strong and intelligent woman. I want her to read books about strong, smart and brave women, and this book definitely fits the bill. However… the girls and moms who are totally into pink and feminine things will enjoy the book as well.