Smarty has stopped Magic Tree House books at Merlin Missions a few months ago declaring that they are too scary. Suddenly she decided that they are not scary after all and is making her way (on her own) through the remainder of our Magic Tree House collection. She had a free choice of a book for a book report this week, and did one on Season of the Sandstorms. I learned enough from her book report to know that it’s a good book about deserts
Smarty's class is practicing some action songs and poems for graduation ceremony, and she pulled out Marc Brown’s Hand Rhymes book from her book shelf and practiced some of the hand rhymes in this book. I like it when she chooses to memorize a poem or a song on her own. I highly recommend this book, since it has both classic action poems and some less known ones. According to Smarty, this is the funnest book ever.
The Gypsy Princess by Phoebe Gilman was a straggler from our Romania week. The setting of the story is unknown, that’s why I didn’t chose it as a main Romania book. The story itself is pretty engaging and built on the premise that a cage, even a golden cage, is not as good as freedom. We both really enjoyed beautiful and detailed illustrations in the book – Phoebe Gilman was a very talented illustrator.
I had mixed feelings about Dreamer from the Village that introduces children to Marc Chagall. For once, I am quite upset that this book and another one we read says that Marc Chagall was born in Russia. He was born in my country - Belarus. Secondly, Vitebsk is not a village and even early in early 20th century it was a fairly large town. Of course, it might have been a village in comparison to Paris, but still… Also, I wish there were some Chagall’s works in the book. The illustrator tried to imitate Chagall’s style, but it’s easier said than done.