Usually I read Smarty one or two picture books before bed, but this week was somewhat different. I held on to two books that I wanted to read together, since I didn’t think she can comprehend them on her own. Smarty was pouting every night begging for me to leave these books in her bed so she can read them herself. It’s too funny to fight with your four year old because she wants to read more than I am willing to let her, but this seems to be the norm here. My review this week will be limited mostly to the books we read together, since I didn’t have time to discuss Smarty's favorites with her.
Smarty really liked Anansi the Spider story by Gerald McDermott. She liked enough to ask me to read it to her, so she could talk about it. We discussed what super powers she would love to have, and she chose “worry seer”. She does seem to be very inclined to worry ahead – just like me. People with more art imagination and more free time could do a lot to extend this story with art, and it is short enough for younger kids to enjoy too.
We are tackling United Kingdom in our country studies, and so you might notice a pattern in the books we read together. Dodsworth in London by Tim Egan. To be honest, neither of us was thrilled by the book. Smarty didn’t have enough context for landmarks mentioned in the story and most of the time they were not in the illustrations either. I forgot by now how boring it can be to read an early reader book where all the sentences seem to stop in the middle. Smarty never reached to reread this book on her own, so overall it was a flop.
Look What Came to England made the repeat visit this week. We read this book about a year ago, but this time Smarty was more interested in details. She was fascinated to learn that a lot of her favorite nursery rhymes as well as trains, TV, spring mattresses and lawn mowers. I think the book was also a lot more successful because I didn’t allow her to skim through it until we finished it together.
Since Smarty likes The Magic Tree House now, I had this “brilliant” idea to introduce her to the original legends of King Arthur, especially since they are also set in England. It is a little embarrassing to admit, but I only knew bits and pieces of these stories. The movies that I watched didn’t stay with me for long, but they surely came back when I started reading Smarty King Arhur and the Knights of the Round Table and paged to the end of the book. Oops! We have only dipped our toes into the first chapters, and things are already getting quite intense. Now I have to figure out how to wean Smarty off this book, since she is very interested and wants to know what happens next.