Saturday, October 8, 2011

What My Children Are Reading

C is continuing to move his way through The Secrets of Droon series by Tony Abbott. We got four more from the library this week and he read them all. Then he got two more from his school library this week and he read those too. That's six fairly long chapter books in one week! Aside from those books, here's what else we read this week.

The most popular book of the week, especially for M, was Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig. C had picked this book out at the library because he had read it in first grade. M and I had never read it before. What an interesting story. It's about a donkey who likes to collect pebbles. One day, he finds a magic pebble that grants wishes. He's very excited that he and his parents will soon get anything they want, but when he gets scared suddenly, he makes a quick wish without thinking, and finds himself turned into a rock! There is definitely a message in this one about remembering what's really important in life. I'm honestly surprised she likes this book so much. It's actually a sad, depressing story throughout most it. It does have a good ending, though.

We participated once again in Jumpstart's Read for the Record. This year, the book to read was Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. We don't own the book and I hadn't gotten around to getting it from the library, so we read it on We Give Books, which is a great site, by the way! In this Llama Llama book, the little Llama doesn't want to go to bed. His mother puts him in bed and leaves, and he gets all upset, making noise and calling to mama. In the end, Mama Llama explains that she loves him and is always with him even if she's not in the same room. Then he settles down to sleep. I like these Llama Llama books, so I'm glad it was the choice for Read for the Record this year.

What have you been reading with your children this week? Hop on over to Mouse Grows Mouse Learns to share! And check out Book Sharing Monday too!


  1. Magic Pebble is on Anna's reading list for K, and I am not looking forward to it. We read it in the library, and Anna was very upset about the story despite its happy end. I wonder how she will take to it this time. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  2. I love Sylvester, it's such a cute story.

  3. Steig is so great. But, you're right, there is an air of melancholy to several of his stories.

  4. That's my favorite Llama llama book-- although I haven't read the new "home with mama" book yet.


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