First of all, I want to apologize to WMCIR contributors that I didn’t have a chance to visit and comment this week. Work continues to be extremely busy and will probably continues to be the same next week. However, I manage to come home in time for Smarty's night routine, and we read some good books together this week that I want to share.
I was reading The Storm by Cynthia Rylant to Smarty this week. It’s the first book from Lighthouse Family series. Interestingly, we tried this series about a year before, and she was not interested. This time, however, she was truly captivated and begged for more. For some reason she really likes the stories where one of the characters get injured – it seems to jumpstart her imagination. Of course, she only likes them if all ends well. This is a sweet story that can be quite suitable for 4+ audience, and chapters are relatively short too.
As I mentioned, my daughter will definitely love medical dramas one day. She really enjoyed Jessica’s X-Ray by Pat Zonta/Clive Dobson that I got from the library as part of our continuing exploration of human body. She was very interested in actual images from X-ray, MRI, CAT scan and ultrasound devices. I thought that the book was well done except the fact that the main character appears to be pain-free despite her broken arm and her day in the hospital looks more like a field trip. I definitely don’t want to make my daughter think that breaking one’s arm can be an exciting adventure.
We both really enjoyed Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio adorably illustrated by Heather Ross. To be honest, my daughter is not at all crafty, but she likes to believe that she could also whip up a perfect present for a friend one day. The book gives a good message about homemade vs. store-bought and about an admirable quality of forgiving someone and helping them when help is needed. And there is even a website where right now you can find a couple of projects (for older kids or adults) based on illustrations from the book. I hope that this is the first in the series, because it could potentially turn into a new Fancy Nancy franchise.
Smarty's kindergarten book this week was Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto. I didn’t read it with her but asked her for an opinion, and she very emphatically said that she didn’t like the book. When I pressed her for an explanation, she said that the main character made all the wrong choices, and she wasn’t even punished! I asked my husband later, and he sort of agreed with Smarty. Apparently, the Christmas spirit of forgiving and miracles that is supposed to shine in this story didn’t shine brightly enough for my rule-abiding family.