This week I was attending a big conference in Las Vegas, but before my departure we brought quite a few library books home. They only lasted until Wednesday, when my husband made another library run with Smarty. I will focus on two books we read together before I left and one book she told me about on the phone.
We read Princess Grace by Mary Hoffman a few weeks back, and I was very glad to pick up Amazing Grace book from the same series. In the book Grace wants to play Peter Pan in the school production, and one of her friends points out to her that Peter Pan is not black. Smarty interrupted the reading by saying that Grace is not black either. It amused me, because it looks like she doesn’t notice race differences in children, but she does see them in adults. Anyway, it’s a very inspiring book, but might be a bit old for a younger audience.
Happy Birthday Everywhere by Arlene Erlbach is an interesting non-fiction book on how birthdays are celebrated in different countries around the world. Every page features a country (in alphabetical order), a description of birthday traditions and a craft, a game or a special birthday treat from that country. We just started reading it together, and I hope to pick up next week from where we left off.
Horton Hears the Who was the book that got special mention in our phone conversation. I was surprised that Smarty has decided to read it. She deemed it too scary in the past from looking at the pictures. She is pretty attuned to face expressions, and she saw the conflict without reading a book. She told me that she liked the book even though “it was a little scary” and that she wants to read it together with me, “because then I won’t be so scared”. I don’t think she is quite ready for the movie, because I remember seeing it on the plane and thinking that it’s too intense for my daughter.