The busyness of my week impacted our reading to a degree – we skipped our normal mid-week visit to the library. Anna was complaining that she doesn’t have any new books to read, but eventually settled down rereading her favorites of the week. I apologize that I was unable to visit all participants of WMCIR this time – I didn’t have a lot of discretionary online time lately. Hopefully next week is a bit better.
We bought this Treasury of Classic Stories during our last Sunday’s visit to Barnes & Noble. We were attracted both by beautiful illustrations and by the wide variety of stories, all centered around animals. Some of the stories are shortened or excerpted from longer books. Anna’s favorite story was Black Beauty, so we might get an original book for her soon. She also pulled our Alice in Wonderland book based on the excerpt in the collection, but quickly deemed it “too scary”. I personally always found Alice story “too weird”.
We love books illustrated by Michael Emberley (who, by the way, is the son of Ed Emberley). You can say “like father like son” but not in the style. Anyway, this is a hilarious book that I think reflects the feelings of an older brother who is just barely out of toddler years himself pretty well. I love how the main character does have a change of heart about his baby brother in the second half of the story, but after reading it Anna has informed me firmly that she does not need a baby brother.
My Father’s Shop by Satomi Ichikawa is another great book on Morocco that I found in the library. It’s less “heavy” then The Butter Man (I reviewed that book here), and Anna was very entertained by the story’s premise – tourists visiting Moroccan market are all telling the young boy how the rooster sounds in their native language. There was no Russian, so she learned another “rooster language” from me – roosters in Russia say koo-kah-reh-koo.
I keep bringing Follow That Map by Scot Ritchie from the library from time to keep Anna’s knowledge of maps in her “working memory”. I have no idea why the book is recommended for grade 3-5 in Amazon official review, it’s perfectly appropriate for preschool crowd and gives very nice introduction to reading and following maps. Anna’s interest in geography has definitely perked up again, so this book was very popular this week.