There was another big library haul this week. Smarty threw a few picture books in the book bag – whatever looked good to her. I added some of my own choices. We are still reading through Mr Popper’s Penguins together at night, so I am only going to profile the books that we managed to read together during the day.
Our library finally got much-talked-about I Want My Hat Back by Joe Klassen. Strangely, I couldn’t check it out but we read it together in the library. All I can say is one of those “boy books”. My girl just went vivid at the idea that one character clearly lied to another character. She actually got quite loud about it saying, But… but… he is wearing a hat! He is not telling the truth! The humor of the ending didn’t really register with her even though she understood the ending quite well. Anyway, now I can cross this book off my ever growing “Must Read” list.
On Tuesday our library had a very fun event – Oliver Chin was reading a new book in his Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series – The Year of the Dragon. I was glad that I was able to take Smarty there – Oliver Chin is not only a good writer, he is also quite an actor. The story is very engaging, and the illustrations by Jennifer Wood are soo cute (Smarty's words). I definitely recommend checking out this series, and we ended up buying this book.
We are doing a little human body science here, and I was happy to pick up See Inside Your Head book in the library. As all Usborne books, it’s extremely well done and full of interesting information. I can say that I learned a lot more about brain from it. It was too much for Smarty (this book is recommended for 9+) but she was very fascinated with the page explaining mental illnesses – she is usually interested with all the things that can go wrong.
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell was Smarty's K book for this week. We read it many times before, and if you missed it, make sure to read it while your children are still young. It’s classic, and illustrations by Patrick Benson add so much charm to the story. Smarty commented that the reason owl babies were so worried is because their mama didn’t tell them she would be gone. I think it’s a great point coming from a trusting 5 year old who wants to know everything that is going on.