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What My Children Are Reading This Week



We got back to the library this week and picked up a few new books. C has now gotten into Star Wars (books and toys ~ he hasn't seen any of the movies or TV shows yet). So we picked up a few books for him.

Star Wars: The Clone WarsStar Wars: The Clone Wars is a chapter book that I picked up at Target, not the library. We've been reading it to him this week, but I figure it's a good one to put on his bookshelf so we can reread it, and eventually he can read it once he's able to read at that level. It's based on the television series The Clone Wars, which he hasn't watched, but he's enjoying it. The book is split into a few different sections, and each section is made up of several chapters. C is really enjoying it and I haven't been able to convince him to let me finish James and the Giant Peach since getting this. I personally want to know what happens to poor James and the insects that are floating on a peach over the ocean!

Luke Skywalker's Amazing Story (DK READERS)Luke Skywalker's Amazing Story is a DK Readers book. It's considered a Level 1 in their system, but it's very advanced. In other early reader series he's able to read Level 2 easier than these Level 1 books! This book has a couple pages about each of the main characters in the six Star Wars movies. There are pages about Luke, Obi Wan Kanobi, Yoda, Anakin Skywalker and others. He really likes this book because it's teaching him about each of the characters. And because he likes it so much, he's been reading it a lot. When he first read it, it took him 17 minutes (remember we're timing for homework these next few weeks) and he missed a lot of words. Now he can read it in under 10 minutes. Granted, some of the words have probably been memorized. But I do believe he's learned a lot of the words as well. I've found that if he finds a book he wants to read, he'll read it even if it's a bit advanced. If it's something he's not interested in, he won't read it even if it's easy.

Alphabet RescueLast week, Gabby at Work of Childhood mentioned an alphabet book by Ashley Wood. So I looked for some of her books at the library this week, and found Alphabet Rescue. This is the story of the little letters who are told they're too little to be around the capital letters' fire truck. So they find a smaller old firetruck, clean it up and start helping other letters ~ including the capital letters in the end. It's a cute book and M really enjoys it. I'm glad because it features both capital and lower case letters, and M is still working on lower case letter recognition. We did a stART project related to this book this week as well.

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

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  1. The boys have read some of the Star Wars books, but I don't think we've seen the Clone Wars series. I'll have to look into it for my younger son.

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  2. I am wondering what would be the good age for Star Wars. We are big fans of original trilogy. I know that a lot of boys enjoy those books - it's great to find something that you child really wants to read. It was definitely Elephant and Piggie so far - thanks for the recommendation!

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