Smarty had a lot of time to read this week and she used it to the fullest. This girl can spend hours and hours on end sitting in her room engrossed in a good book or books. Amount of text, absence of pictures or font size don’t stop her if she is interested in the story and this week fantasy ruled here… well, most of the time.
After finishing up The Hobbit early in the week, my husband offered Smarty How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. She is going through book 3 from the series as I type this. I didn’t read the stories, but she sort of retold me the main story line. Apparently my daughter is quite willing to tolerate gore, danger and suspense nowadays as long as she labels the book firmly in her mind as a “fantasy story”. I find it a little funny that my 5 year old is devouring books designed for grades 3-5, but she seems to really enjoy these series.
Both Smarty and I enjoyed our first You Wouldn’t Want to Be books this week, which we read together. It’s a fun series for somewhat older kids (Amazon says ages 8+, and I agree), but daughter enjoyed a narrative and cartoonish illustrations. The book is also chock full of facts about life in Ice Age. I asked Smarty a few days later to name 5 things invented by prehistoric people and she managed quite decently (weapons, hunting, travel homes, fire, painting).
Pictures from Our Vacation by Lynne Rae Perkins was our favorite picture book of the week. It’s a hilarious story of a family vacation seen through the eyes of a young girl. There was a TV with three channels – a striped channel, a channel that told you what you could watch if you had a better TV and a French channel. The book might be a bit long for anyone under 4, and humor might be missed by children, but will certainly be appreciated by adults.