Happy March! & This Week in Reading
|Look! It's staying organized! It's staying organized!|
|But I concede, we probably have too much stuff...|
It's nice to be able to do a Friday reading post again. I'm not in any plays and we've been snowed in! Hooray for reading time!
What We Read
Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne. Random House Books for Young Readers, 1992.
Big Sis was starting to tire of Junie B. Jones - she loves Junie B., but hadn't read anything else in a while! - so she checked this one out from the school library. We actually owned a copy I scored at a used bookstore warehouse sale, but she didn't know that. She started it on her own, then decided her little sister would like it, too, and asked if we could read it at bedtime. Sure enough, both girls loved it and are excited to check out book 2! (I scored several Magic Tree House books, but not book 2.)
Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska. Lerner Publishing Group, 2012.
This picture book is a stunner. It isn't so much a book about the concept of infinity, as about what the idea feels like to a young child. Indeed, Hosford uses real quotes from children describing infinity. Swiatkowska's illustrations take the book to a whole new level. This was a perfect stuck-at-home-in-a-blizzard kind of book. It's a wonderful springboard to your own question-and-answer session with your kids about what infinity means to them.
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Dial, 2011.
I checked this one out after reading Whitney's post about it on Pen Pals & Picture Books. I read it on my own and intended to read it to the girls. I love books about playing make-believe! But I passed it off to their daddy instead. Something about it struck me as the perfect daddy read. Sure enough, he came back to the family room to tell me, "That King Jack book was really great!" So there's an endorsement from Mr. B.
What I Read
Wish You Were Eyre (The Mother-Daughter Book Club) by Heather Vogel Frederick. Simon & Schuster, 2012.
I started this series when I was still employed at my old bookstore job, and now I've seen it through to its conclusion. This isn't my favorite series in the world. The neat conclusions always seem too fantastic to me. But I love the concept. A group of girls and their mothers in Concord, MA spend a year reading a classic book (or series), exploring the stories and the authors, surprised to see how the books may apply to their own modern lives. They're easy, light reads, and a pleasant way to introduce classics to younger readers. As you may have surmised by the title, this book finds the girls reading Jane Eyre, one of my all-time favorites.
What We're Reading
The BFG by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake. Originally published in the US by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1982. Ours is a Scholastic book club edition, published by arrangement with the current publisher, Puffin/Penguin.
We're not very far into this yet, but I'm loving it! I'm not certain about the girls yet. I'll keep you posted.
Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.
Big Sis is tackling this one on her own. She tried it late last year, but it was still a bit difficult for her. Now she claims to have no trouble with it at all! I'll have to borrow it from her.
And yes, we're still reading this book, and this book. And we're ready for book 3 in this series. And I'm reading this book, and this book, and I'm about to start this book...
Other Stuff We've Enjoyed This Week
Felicity: An American Girl Adventure
It was the only American Girl movie we hadn't seen, and Mr. B scored the DVD for cheap at Big Lots. I have to admit, I love these movies. The heroines are smart and resourceful, and the stories are educational. I wish they would make more, especially featuring the minority Girls.
Songbook - Cat Doorman
Cat Doorman (aka Julianna Bright) is a musician I saw featured on Apartment Therapy last month. The bright CD cover art called out to me, but I didn't want to purchase anything without hearing it first. When the CD finally hit Spotify, we gave it a listen. It definitely passed the test! It's a joyful album, and I've happily downloaded it (LEGALLY, always) since for our collection. And check out some of the other cool Julianna Bright posts on AT: I love this wizard scroll craft and her daughter's room is one of my favorite AT room tours ever!
Tomorrow is Saturday, March 2nd: Read Across America! Celebrated in conjunction with Dr. Seuss's birthday, there are events all over the US. If you can't make it to an event, read something Seuss-ian or download your own activities! (I always loved the Read Across America event kits we received at the bookstore every year. I love reading Dr. Seuss books aloud to kids.)
So that is our week around here, beyond talk of snow and missed school. We wish you all a Merry Weekend! Happy Reading!
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