We didn’t have a “theme of the week” this week, since Smarty’s reading assignment in K was Curious George. She might be the only child on Earth that completely dislikes Curious George series, especially the original book. If you think about it, the book is extreme for a modern child, with George ending up in prison of all places! I brought some other books from the series home, and she read them, but it was clear that she still thinks of George as someone who doesn’t follow the rules, makes messes and always in trouble. So we switched to other books that she enjoyed much more.
Smarty’s class is still studying trees for science, so I picked up another tree book in the library – Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Trees by Jim Arnosky. As it turns out, this book is part of a series, and I will definitely be looking for other Crinkleroot books. The illustrations are awesome (like in all Arnosky’s books) and the amount of information is just right for the preK+ kids. The book also identifies about two dozens common trees – I finally learned English names for some of them that I only knew in my native Russian.
Finally there came a book of fairy tales that didn’t put my daughter off. There’s a Princess in the Palace by Zoe Alley and R.W. Alley is a clever take on 5 classic princess tales presented in an oversized comic book format. All tales are linked together – daughter of Cinderella becomes Sleeping Beauty, etc. I think the book is more appropriate for grade age students, since it’s also full of word play (e.g. Cinderella was running ragged). It was sometimes to explain all nuances to my kindergartener, but she enjoyed the book just the same and kept rereading it on her own many times.
Smarty continues to read through Animal Ark series by a British author Ben M. Baglio. She informed me that she found a pattern for these books – in each book an animal and a person gets hurt. The language and the setting in these series are a lot more complex than in The Puppy Place, another of her favorite series of the moment, but the added complexity doesn’t faze her – she can read practically anything at this point as long as she is interested in the book.