Sunday, December 13, 2009

What My Children Are Reading This Week




The kids have continued to want to read some of the books I reviewed here over the past couple weeks. But we have also mixed in a few others this week, so here are some of the books we've been reading.

Wes Gets a Pet by Susan Blackaby is the early reader C has been reading this week. This is a cute book about a boy who wants a pet, and it takes the reader through several different options, like a bird, rabbit, fish or dog. This is part of the Read-It! Readers Purple Level, which is a great level for him. He stumbled over a few words the first time or two that he read it - words like bubbles and trouble. But after just a couple reads, he was able to read the whole thing without any problems.

I picked up A Birthday for Bear by Bonny Becker after seeing it on Maw Books Blog because M loves birthdays. But this is a much longer book than I realized. So we've been reading it to C instead. He has really enjoyed it. It's a fun story about Bear, who does not like birthdays. But Mouse does everything he can to make Bear's birthday special. It's a chapter book, but with short chapters and relatively simple language. It's obviously meant for an early reader, although it will be some time before C is ready for it.

I saw a review of I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello by Barbara S. Garriel on a blog recently (unfortunately I can't find it now) and knew I had to get it for C. He has always loved music, and he loves I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, so it was a good mix. The book is a funny version of the Old Lady story, with a very unique illustration style. It's also a great introduction to many different instruments and the types of performances where they appear. For example, the cymbal comes from a marching band and the saxophone comes from a jazz band.

The last book is one C got from his school library last week. It's The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. This is a sweet story of a boy who wakes up to see snow outside, and spends the day exploring the snow by himself. He makes tracks in the snow with his feet and a stick. He builds a snowman and makes snow angels. The illustrations are very simple to go along with the simplicity of his exploration. It's a lovely story that also includes some funny surprises, like when he hits a branch with a stick and the snow falls down on his head. I really enjoyed reading this to C, and he enjoyed hearing about all the different things a boy can do in the snow all by himself.

What have you been reading with your children this week? Hop on over to Mouse Grows Mouse Learns to share!

3 comments:

  1. The Snowy Day would be perfect for us today - if only the library was open!

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  2. I'm going to have to find the Cello one. I love the "I know an...." books, and have a couple of different versions.

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  3. I have to find the Snowy Day - I saw so many good reviews about it.

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