Thursday, May 28, 2009

What My Child Is Reading This Week (new feature)

The Well Read Child has started a new Thursday feature in which participants post about what their children are reading that week.  Of course, we're in!

We just went to the library today for the first time in awhile, so we're stocked up on some new books.  Before today's influx of new reads, the most popular book this week had been Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever (click title to see our previous review of it).

Among the new ones we picked up today are these three:

1) I finally succumbed to all of the wonderful reviews I've read of this first book and picked up a copy.  I can't remember all of the places I read rave reviews, but recent blogs mentioning it were Book Aunt and Booklights.  I finally got to see what all of the fuss is about.

How to Heal a Broken Wing (Hardcover), by Bob Graham. This is a lovely picture book that lives up to the praise it has been garnering. The text was simpler than I had expected (which was wonderful, since we were reading it to a 1 1/2 year old). The story begins with a bird, in a busy city, that falls to the ground. No one notices, except a young boy (and his mother), who takes the bird home to nurse it back to health and set it free again. The sweet simplicity of the story draws you in. One of my favorite parts of the book is a two-page spread of a bustling city with about 100 passersby, and the small boy bending down to tend to the bird, illuminated in a bright light (like the cover photo shown).


"High above the city, no one heard the soft thud of feathers against glass. / No one saw the bird fall. / No one looked down ... / except Will."

Bookworm's interest at 18 months: He enjoyed this story. We've read it twice, and he sat through it both times, and interacted with me as we read it, particularly the second time. I made an effort to explain the illustrations in language he'd understand, and he used his signs to echo the story. For instance, I explained that the bird had fallen down. So he sat down too. Then he made an up sign, because we often say "What do you do when you fall down? You get back up." I explained that the bird couldn't get up by himself; he needed help. Then he did his help sign... etc. It is such a delight to see him start to consistently understand storylines. I've always loved reading to him, but now it is getting really fun.

2) This second one we picked up off of the library staff recommendation's shelf.

There Are Cats in This Book (Hardcover), by Viviane Schwarz. This book features a trio of playful cats as they enjoy a romp with some yarn, cardboard boxes, a pillow fight, and a fish chase turned treacherous through an unexpected tidal wave. Unusually shaped pages, interactive flaps, and playful text engage the reader. In a style slightly reminiscent of "There is a Monster at The End of This Book," one of my childhood favorites, the cats sometimes speak directly to the reader, coaxing him/her to turn the page, or go back a page, or even, at the end, to blow on the pages. The interaction makes it a fun read for a wide range of ages.


"Let's go back to the yarn! Yes, turn the page back! / No! Keep going this way. Look! There are cardboard boxes!"

Bookworm's interest at 18 months: I knew we had a winner when he sat and read through it at the library, where he is always too overstimulated to read. He enjoyed it again when we got home (especially finding the yellow cat on every page). When we got to the end, he happily flipped back through it himself. When he saw a loan dog on the sofa, he made a bit of a "woof woof" sound, which excited us, since "W" is a new sound for him.

3) And this one I requested based on a comment from Thrifty Craft Mama that her child really enjoys it.  

Night Is Coming (Picture Puffins) (Paperback), by W. Nikola-Lisa. Written by an author who grew up in a small town in Southern Texas, Night is Coming tells the story of the slow settling down for bedtime on a farm. The language is sweet and poetic, and the illustrations live up to the text. I love the adorable illustration of four sheep snuggled up sleeping together ("Night is coming, and out among the wildflowers at the edge of Grandpa's farm, you can hear the lambs bleating as they nestle warm and close." I think this book would especially appeal to any children growing up on a farm.


"Night is coming, creeping through the forest, / slipping through the valley, silencing the day. / Night is coming. Still are the feet. / Night is coming. Quiet is the land. / Night is coming. Calm is the heart."

Bookworm's interest at 18 months: We only made it halfway through this one, but I'm looking forward to reading through it more tomorrow. He had many new books at once today. He enjoyed identifying the animals he recognized, as well as the pumpkins.

We love to get comments from parents about books that their children love; it's how we've discovered many of our son's favorites.  That's why we're so excited to participate in this Thursday weekly "meme".  A big thanks to the Well Read Child for hosting.  

As always, we'd love a comment with any favorite book titles you think we should pick up!


Christy said...

I'll have to look for those books. Thanks.

Britt said...

Cute! Off to put books on hold..... :D

Vivian said...

I love how you share your love of reading with your child.

One of my children's favorites was Good Night, Gorilla. Only pictures and the story can change depending on the mood.

Enjoy your weekend!

Infant Bibliophile said...

Vivian, we love Goodnight, Gorilla too! I think we should buy a copy one of these days. I tried on amazon awhile back and couldn't find a copy, which seems strange.

Christy and Britt, hope you enjoy them as much as we have.

Margo Dill said...

I'm glad to hear that Bookworm liked How to Heal a Broken Wing too. Sometimes, I think in my house the adults like the picture books better than the child--who is currently obsessed with Star Wars, Bionicles, knights, and superheroes!