Monday, October 10, 2011

What The Kids Are Reading This Week

We're back to the library routine again. This week, on the reading menu:

An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston - This book is a gentle introduction to various eggs, from bird to fish to reptile to insect.  The descriptions are poetic and the illustrations are lovely. It has been a peaceful part of our nature study this week. The paintings are so pretty, I may have to buy this one for my own picture book collection.


Sun Snow Stars Sky by Catherine and Laurence Anholt - A cute preschool introduction to weather and seasons.


No Roses For Harry by Gene Zion - Harry gets a rose-patterned sweater from Grandma and tries to find ways to get rid of it. My kids were laughing out loud.

A Pioneer ABC by Mary Alice Downie - a unique alphabet book from a pioneer perspective. New terms are introduced (bandalore, hornbook, trilliums) along with familiar pioneer terms (kettle, oxen, log cabin). The pioneers here are loyalists who wanted to live under the rule of the king, and fled to Canada after the American Revolution. This little rhyming book is an interesting glimpse into their life. The illustrations and borders of each page contain other items that start with the same letter. We love a good look and find around here.


Chicka Chicka 1,2, 3 by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson - numbers going up and down an apple tree (yawn).  This is not my favorite because there's really no story and the rhythm is choppy and odd, but the kids like it. Who am I kidding?  They like almost everything. At least it features numbers 1-100.

Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor - I didn't even know what a pumpkin moonshine was until I read this (A jack-o-lantern, for my friends who are also unfamiliar with the term. Don't worry, no stories about bathtub booze-making here). This is a sweet, old-fashioned little story about a little girl going to get a pumpkin for carving. A non-scary October read.

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockewell - For my two year old. Picking pumpkins and apples. A fall story. You get the idea.

The Oak Inside The Acorn by Max Lucado - A little acorn has to leave the shelter of his mother oak tree, a little girl grows up, and both have to discover what God created them to become. The "leaving home" theme made me a little misty, but it was a nice story, along the lines of The Giving Tree but with a Christian focus.

Although I'm just gearing up for my autumn-themed books (I have others on hold at the library), my enthusiasm for fall is causing a little confusion for my kids. We keep reading about crisp October days and see pictures of kids wearing scarves jumping into piles of red and orange leaves. My girls keep pulling out long-sleeved shirts, long pants and boots to wear in the morning. But this is the Sonoran desert. It is going to be 90 degrees tomorrow. There are no leaves falling here. I think autumn books are false advertising for my little desert-dwellers. But girls can dream, right?

1 comment:

  1. My 2 year old liked the "Apples and Pumpkins" book when we checked it out from the library in August. Will have to check out "An Egg is Quiet" if my small library has it!

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