Mrs Piggle Wiggle’s Farm was our “big read aloud” this week. I was pleased to see that it was significantly better than the second one (Mrs Piggle Wiggle’s Magic) and used more realistic ways of fixing children’s faults. I found one detail in “Fraidy Cat” story very amusing – the girl who is about 8 or 9 is refusing to take the bus by herself and her parents and brothers are making fun of her. 50 years later, and who is “Fraidy Cat” now – children or their parents?
My daughter is very fascinated by the concept of death (just as I was at about her age) and she was begging me to get When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown when she saw it on the cover of another book from the same series. I wasn’t entirely sure by previewing the book that it’s appropriate for her, since it explains (and illustrates) the different ways people die including suicide, violence, accidents, etc. It’s definitely not the book that I would recommend for anyone who is not obsessed with the subject, but Smarty took it really well and asked a lot of questions that seemed pretty mature for her age.
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman/Caroline Binch was Smarty's kindergarten reading club book this week. We read this book before, but now Smarty is old enough to appreciate the powerful message in the book – girls can do anything if they put their mind and heart to it, and their gender or color of their skin shouldn’t stand in their way. In her book report Smarty wrote, I wish I was brave like Grace. I highly recommend this wonderful book, especially to girls 5+ and their mothers.
Follow the Line Around the World by Laura Ljunqkvist is another of our library favorites that I bring back from time to time. By the way, don’t believe it’s low Amazon rating – the book is wonderful. Smarty and I spent an hour on Thursday just tracing the pictures and admiring an artist’s creativity and imagination. There are also a lot of facts about different animals and locations around the world, well known (penguins in Antarctica) and not so well-known (walruses in Greenland). Great book for 3+