We visited the library quite a few times this week. We read many books on the floor of the library, and my Checked Out list also ballooned. Other than his old books, which he likes to read over and over again at bedtime, the Bibliophile has been less keen on rereading books lately. This means that our list of books read seems much longer, but there isn't actually much MORE reading done than usual. Just more variety. I'm not sure how I feel about that... exposure to multiple books is good, but I think he understands them better when we reread them, at least a few times. It is also getting a little harder to discern his reaction to books. For the most part, he enjoys reading a book, but is less hot/cold than he used to be -- he claims to like every book we read, but doesn't ask to reread many. So, apologies if our reviews are wishy washy lately.
I was feeling tired at the library and wanted to sit down. I noticed Elmer near a comfy looking couch and convinced the Bibliophile to take a breather with me. I'd heard of the book (and seen the stuffed animal!), but never read it. Elmer is a patchwork elephant living in a world of normal grey elephants. He doesn't like being so different, so he colors himself with "elephant-colored" berries one day. He returns home, and blends right in with all of the other elephants, but finds himself bored. He finds a way to make everyone laugh, and a rainstorm washes his paint away, revealing his costume. Once a year, all of the elephants paint themselves in bright colors to remember how much he amused them that day. We both enjoyed it. Tonight as he read it a second time, he said, "we could make one of those elephants," so this might reappear as a "St+art" project sometime. We'll have to check out more in this series.
He spotted a shelf of "Mr. Men and Little Miss" books from across the library (what eyes!) and darted toward them. His favorite thing about these books is to read off the names of all of the characters on the back of the book, using appropriately amusing voices or actions (like bumping into us as he says "Mr. Bump," or saying, "Mr. ... ummm ... ummmm ... forgetful.). But, I am also surprised that he sits through the whole books. They pack a lot of words into these little paperbacks! The two we read this week were
Mr. Chatterbox and Mr. Tickle. The Mr. Chatterbox story was cute. A salesman gets Mr. Chatterbox to unknowingly buy a magic hat that grows whenever he talks too much (engulfing him and returning to normal as he stops talking). I haven't read Mr. Tickle; we saved that one for Daddy to read him.
My Granny Went to Market. I saw this reviewed on No Time for Flashcards, and thought the Bibliophile might like it, because he loves geography. The story focuses on a grandmother's trip around the world, and the shopping she does in each country. I think Daddy read it through with him once. When I read it with him a second time a few days later, he seemed bored and I let him stop midway. I think he is really a bit more interested in maps than learning about what's IN the countries (like things to buy). It's a cute book though and was definitely worth a read.
We read two new (to us) Laura Vaccaro Seeger books during a library visit: First the Egg and One Boy. Again, I'd heard of these, but I don't think we'd ever read them. Both were good enough to recommend to others, but we left them at the library because of the whole lack of rereading lately. First the Egg is about life stages - first the egg, then the chicken; first the caterpillar, then the butterfly; etc. One Boy is a counting book, but also contains a neat feature in which the words of one page sort of transform into the next as the page is turned and some letters of the first appear in the next. (I'm explaining this poorly - one drawback of leaving the book at the library before reviewing it). I think the Bibliophile noticed and was intrigued by this feature, as he's reading more on his own now and interested in the concept of compound words and word formation generally.
We also read a few books from the Mathstart series (I'll be posting about these on Monday), one about Iceland (posted about here), some Spanish-related fiction books (posted about here) and a few giraffe-themed books (posted about here).
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Comment: Have you read any of these? Like them, hate them? What else are your children reading/enjoying lately?
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