Saturday, April 16, 2011

What My Child Is Reading

Just a few of the books Monkey Georgia has enjoyed this week. The list is by no means exhaustive (that list in in our reading journal):
  • Abigail's Bedtime by Annabelle James - This book was a gift from a dear friend at one of my baby showers, and we have read it to Monkey Georgia since birth. She actually has most of it memorized. One of our favorite family jokes is "3 1/2 is a difficult age" which is a line from the book. I'm sad that the book, along with its companions, is out of print. The book is actually a bed for Abigail the doll, and we like to tuck "Abigail" in at night.
  • Bicycle for Sale by Dan Yaccarino - We are huge fans of the children's cartoon Oswald. Unfortunately, we discovered this years after the show was originally aired and all of the books are now out of print. We lucked out and found this copy at Half Price Books. (If you have any Oswald books you don't want, let me know!)
  • 101 Dalmations A Read-Aloud Storybook - While visiting Half Price Books last week, Monkey Georgia found an oversized 101 Dalmations board book that was shaped like a puppy. She begged and begged for it, but I thought the price was too high and it did not really tell the story. I finally talked her into this book that would at least give her an idea of the story. She seems satisfied with the switch (although it took some time to get to that point and she calls it "the book that isn't shaped like a dog").
  • Five Sweet Strawberries by Megan E. Bryant (Strawberry Shortcake) - This book originally belonged to my niece, who I talking into loving Strawberry Shortcake at the age of two. She's eight now, and willing to let Monkey Georgia be the Strawberry Shortcake girl now. (MG's bedroom is decorated in Strawberry Shortcake decor, as I've probably mentioned before.)


I thought I would start sharing the books we choose at the library each week also:
  • Timothy and the Strong Pajamas by Viviane Schwarz - The illustrations are sort of a comic-style. Monkey Georgia and her aunt picked this out and read it at the library. MG asked to bring it home so we did.
  • The Three Pigs by David Wiesner - I remember a teacher reading this to us in high school (children's literature unit in my Teacher Cadet class). I had forgotten about it until it was mentioned in A Family of Readers. I think Monkey Georgia is familiar enough with the original story to enjoy this one. (Note: when introducing spoofs or reimaginings of familiar stories, it is essential that the child actually BE familiar with the original. Otherwise the joke is lost on the child.)
  • My Mommy Is Magic by Carl Norac - Yeah, I chose this one based on the title alone. I read in A Family of Readers that books like this one are for the parents, not the child because they aren't relating to the child on her level.
  • The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall - Books about gardens are always popular in our house.
  • Carmine: A Little More Red by Melissa Sweet - Red Riding Hood retelling, I think.
  • A Trip to Dinosaur Time by Michael Foreman - Dinosaurs are popular too. We read a lot of dinosaur books.
  • Tess's Tree by Jess M. Braillier - This was on the spring books display, and I grabbed it. I love trees.
  • All The World by Liz Garton Scanlon - The illustrations are beautiful. This was in a display also.

I will review the library books in greater detail after we read them.


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2 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

I love All the World.

Raising a Happy Child said...

We read All the World a couple of weeks ago too - it's the second time we bring it from the library. Great picks, and thanks for joining WMCIR!