I don't have much to show you in the way of what we've been reading this week. Big Sis is reading a couple of different American Girl mysteries, at home and at school. I'm still attempting to commit Act II of my current play to memory. Little Sis is home sick again today. At bedtime, Big Sis and I continue to read Tik-Tok of Oz, but Little Sis thinks this one is boring. (It isn't Baum's best.) Since she is fascinated by all things Japanese right now, we have been reading manga!
The Hello Kitty figurine in the picture above? My little brother brought that back from Japan. He is 10 1/2 years younger, and grew up loving anime and Japanese pop culture. He actually taught himself Japanese, and while he was in college, he made two trips to Japan with like-minded friends. My 6-year-old seems to have a lot in common with my brother right now!
She watches A Little Snow Fairy Sugar on Hulu (thanks, Melissa) and Princess Tutu on Amazon Prime. She loved My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. We visited the National Aquarium in Baltimore this summer at the same time as Otakon, and after seeing all the people dressed in their cosplay finest, she is begging to go herself someday. It's pretty cute.
I'm not schooled too well in the anime and manga department, but I thought I'd find some manga appropriate for her age. Google led me to this list and also this one. I picked a few promising titles and checked the library website. Last night, we finished our first manga - hers and mine!
|Swans in Space, Vol. 1 by Lun Lun Yamamoto.|
UDON Kids Manga, 2009.
Little Sis loved the first volume of Swans in Space. It was a fast read, so I'm under orders to put the next few volumes on hold. Corona is a pretty, popular girl who everyone at school calls "Class President." Her dad and brother are obsessed with a TV show called "Space Patrol." One day, Corona is kind to an awkward girl named Lan. Seeing Lan's "Space Patrol" books, Corona lies and pretends to like the show, too. Only it turns out that Space Patrol isn't just a show. It's a real deal, and the TV show footage is actual footage from Space Patrol missions. And Lan, thinking Corona is like her, enlists Corona to be a part of it. The swans? Those are their space boats! It's very cute and funny, and I'm looking forward to reading more!
We also got a couple more manga titles to try.
Then last weekend, I took the girls to Michael's to get some more Rainbow Loom goodies. While we were in the checkout line, Little Sis looked over at the book wall and noticed some "how to draw manga" books. You may remember, Little Sis is my artist baby. She even draws herself to sleep at night! So Mom relented and I let her pick one drawing book.
|Christopher Hart's Draw Manga Now!: Magical Characters.|
This book and her drawing pad are in her lap constantly. She is determined to draw everything!
All of this is pretty new to me. If any of you have any recommendations for us, let me know!
And last, Happy Lunar New Year! I admit, I have never done anything for Lunar New Year. I need to educate myself so I can do something next year. I did, however, receive my very first ever Lunar New Year card and envelope in the mail yesterday! Thank you, beautiful Jane Cherie!
As always, dear readers, Merry Weekend! Happy Reading!
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