Friday, April 18th, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, I shared a really cute idea for encouraging independent reading. I thought I would also share some books my girls have LOVED between the ages of 4-7 or so:
And some more books:
And even more!
I think Ruby the Copycat and Chocolatina are among my girls’ top five favorite books!
When ED was around 4, she absolutely adored The Cat Came Back. I read it nightly for months!
Everyone’s probably heard of Chrysanthemum, but my girls really loved The Chimpanzee of Happytown and The Big Orange Splot so I had to include this collage as well!
My girls also love Cinder Edna:
Right now ED’s favorite books are the Madeline books and this wonderful collection, which has an amazing selection of well-known children’s stories (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; Swimmy; A Chair for My Mother; Goodnight Moon, Millions of Cats; Guess How Much I Love You; Amelia Bedelia; Harry and the Dirty Dog; The Sneetches; Sylvester and the Magic Pebble… and on and on!) There is a total of 44 stories! It’s the one book we take when we go away for the weekend.
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Saturday, January 19th, 2013
We read a lot of books here at the Homeschool Den. I thought I would highlight some of our current favorites. The girls have actually been reading a lot of the same books. I’ve been reading to the girls together at night and more often than not, DD climbs into my lap in front of the wood stove in the mornings when I’m reading to ED! The girls are 4 and 7.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, I just have to mention Love Splat first. It’s so cute! Splat has a special Valentine for a certain someone in his class. Her name is Kitten. Kitten doesn’t seem to like him at all. And Splat’s rival Spike seems to out-do Splat. It’s a sweet book and I’ve had to renew it twice already from the library!
After putting together the collage of books to share here on the blog, I can see quite a theme running through all these… misfits trying to fit in and find their place in the world!
- The Wish Cat: A girl wishes for a cute kitten that will come and go through her family’s cat flap. What she gets is a rag-tag Tom Cat.
- Pinkerton, Behave! A family has a big lovable dog who just can’t seem to learn the proper behavior of a dog, but saves the day in his own funny way!
- The Clown of God: DD chose this book at the library and insisted that I read it. We both loved it so much we bought a copy for ourselves. It is the retelling of a French legend–about a juggler who become successful but as he ages becomes a poor beggar. At Christmas he offers up the only gift he has to the statue of Mary and Jesus… his talents. It has a sad, touching ending and may not be right for your family so I would suggest previewing it first.
- Stellaluna: The story of a bat who finds herself being raised among some baby birds. She has to adapt to the peculiar bird habits. When she is finally re-united with her own mother, it comes as a relief to know that she is normal after all.
- Caps For Sale: A funny story of a peddler who loses his caps to some monkeys in a tree.
- Tikki Tikki Tembo: The story of a boy with a very, very long name that fell down into a well.
Here are some of the other books ED has been requesting a lot.
- Mars Needs Moms: We read this book every night this past week!! I will say that ED was scared of this book when DD was into it a year and a half ago… so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this to the 3-year-old crowd. It’s not that the pictures are scary, but it’s about some Martians who come to Earth looking for a Mom to take back to Mars… One boy doesn’t get it. Who needs Moms? His Moms just make him eat his broccoli and take out the trash. When Martians kidnap his Mom and take her to Mars, he tags along and sees how many things Moms do… and when he trips and cracks his helmet, his Mom comes to the rescue.
- Big Bad Bruce: Bruce has a habit on picking on those around him. When his antics disturb the local witch, she puts a spell on him to make him small. This is a good book to talk about bullying. Bill Peet has a lot of books. This isn’t my favorite, but it’s been a huge hit with ED and DD lately.
- Chrysanthemum: The story of a young mouse who is picked on for her long name… only to find that everyone’s favorite teacher loves her name… and the others wish they had a name just like hers.
- The Chimpanzee of Happytown: A chimpanzee changes the world by planting a tree and adding color and beauty to the world. This book is done in rhyme… and has a wonderful rhythm to it. I love reading this one aloud and absolutely love the message!
- The Big Orange Splot: This is another book that ED has been asking for most every night. It’s a story about a man who decides to be himself — painting his house to be a reflection of his personality. His neighbors are at first horrified… and then one by one re-decorate their own houses to be unique and their own.
I have to mention two other books that the kids have been really into… especially LD!! Life-Size Dinosaurs and Life-Size Sharks. I just had to use kitty as a model to show how impressive these books really are! The kids spent a lot of time reading through these. I kept hearing LD say — “Hey, DD, listen to this…!!” and then he came running into the kitchen while I was making dinner to read me bits and pieces of the book and to check out the pictures!
If you are interested in catching up on some older posts, I keep a running log of my posts over on my Facebook page. Feel free to drop by and say hello! ~Liesl
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Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
It’s been a while since I talked about the books we’re reading. We have lots of books around, plus we check out lots of books from our local library (50+ at a time!). I thought I’d highlight ten books that have been on the repeated request list. While we’ve read other books in the past couple of weeks, these are the books that I have read again and again (and again and again!!).
In no particular order:
Ruby the Copycat–We have some great discussions from this book. ED copies DD a lot. It drives DD bananas!! ED wants to color her pictures exactly the same as DD. She wants to make the same crafts. She wants to eat the same dessert. This is a timely book, but also really cute. It really celebrates the importance of being yourself. At the age of 4 1/2 or so DD also adored this book and we went through a stretch where we read it a couple times a day to DD as well.
Chocolatina–A girl eats so much chocolate she turns into a chocolate bar. Wonderful — and I don’t mind reading it over and over!
Green Eggs and Ham–Much requested lately–morning and night!
The Cat Came Back–This is a book based on a song I remember singing (waaaay back!). We kind of sing the chorus together. ED adores this book. I mean–completely and utterly loves it! I’ve renewed it umteen times! It’s quirky (about a man who wants to get rid of a cat), but she roars in laughter each time!
Here are the next four books. Again, in no particular order:
The Gardener: A book set in the depression era about a girl who goes to live with her uncle. ED loves this book.
I Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf: To be honest I was surprised how much ED loved this book. It tells the simple story about what it’s like for a older sister to have a deaf younger sister. ED has asked a lot of great questions both about being deaf (I wear hearing aids in both ears, but hear very well with them. It’s a consequence of ear infections as a child/adult.) and about being blind (which the book does not address, but I suppose has gotten ED to think. I got the book to go along with our 5 Senses unit a couple weeks ago (Here’s a post about sound bingo we played. Also see the taste post or smell post.)
Big Bad Bruce: We love all of Bill Peet’s books. They are longer children’s books, but keep both ED and DD engaged. Actually DD is more likely to request these books than ED, but ED gets pulled in right away.
The Salamander Room: This is a cute story about a boy who transforms his room to make the perfect habitat for a salamander he found.
The last two are longer chapter books.
Here’s a Penny: DD loved this book! I read this aloud over the course of the past week or so to both the girls at snack/meal time. DD is anxious to check the next one out of the library! It’s about a young boy who has lots of adventures. It’s sweet and innocent about a boy who was adopted.
Avalon: Web of Magic–I got this book and a few others in the series on a whim at our local used book store. DD absolutely loved it. She read it herself and then demanded that I read it too. It’s a fantasy book about some girls who are drawn to a place deep in the woods. The girls have to band together to protect magical animals that come through a portal in the woods. DD loves animals and I was so happy to have a book she was so drawn to.
Meanwhile, LD is on his second Rick Riordan series. He’s currently in the middle of The Son of Neptune.
Changing the subject completely, yesterday I posted about our science experiments with mealworms. Yesterday we checked our mealworms for the first time in a number of days. We were surprised to see a number of them had started to undergo changes. We could see the beginnings of legs forming on a number of them. Mealworms turn into darkling beetles.
All summer we closely watch the frog life cycle — from eggs, to tadpoles, to froglets. These changes took us a bit by surprise. I had read that some mealworms sold in pet stores are treated so they don’t transform into darkling beetles. Obviously these guys weren’t treated! That just added to the wonder of the science experiment! The kids all dragged out their magnifying glasses and spent another good hour examining them.
One last thing… I had intended to post our plans for DD and LD this week, but haven’t gotten to that yet. We added the majority of our subjects back in to our homeschool day now so that’s been fun, but kept me busy with the daily prep.
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