Friday, March 14, 2008

Books for a week

Tails by Matthew Van Fleet is a fun book with lots of textures and moving parts. It includes all kinds of animals with tails: everything from alligators and pigs to tamarins and pangolins. We like it because it is interactive and it uses some really great words (spiny, frisky, clingy, stumpy, swishing, etc.).
Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire was one of Andy's favorite childhood books. he loves to read it to Fischer. Andy's dad sent a stuffed animal from the book to Fisch before he was even born. It was really thoughtful, the animal sits on a shelf next to Andy's old Curious George doll in Fischer's room.
Bigger by Daniel Kirk is a book I received at a literacy conference years ago. It follows a little boy as he grows bigger from womb to school-aged. I think Fischer really likes it because he can relate! Andy doesn't like it, I think he is creeped out by the womb illustrations in the beginning.
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw is one of those beautiful stories about the love between a mother and a son. I was QUITE shocked to find that there is a large group of people who think this book is creepy and that the mother is a stalker! My husband is one of those people! Whatever, I think it is very sentimental and it makes me tear up every time I read it to Fisch.
Fisher Price Cars, Trucks, Planes, and Trains Lift the Flap by Nancy Rindone has "over 40 fun flaps to lift"! I think the title and the flaps say it all! This was another one of Wanda's boys' favorites and Fischer has joined the fan club!
I Went Walking by Sue Williams and Julie Vivias is one of those repetitive and predictable books. The child goes for a walk and meets many colorful animals. The illustrations are awesome and so is the rhythm. (By the way "rhythm" is a really good word to play hangman with because it doesn't have any vowels.)
Go, Dog. Go by P.D. Eastman was one of Fischer's first truly-favorite books. Wanda gave it to him because both of her boys had loved it so much. We used to read this to him at least 20 times a day - and it is a LONG book! Anyway, I was thinking about it today and realized that it is lost somewhere. It'll be fun to reintroduce it to him since he has gone a few months without it. PS Do you realize that P.D. Eastman is not Dr. Seuss? For some reason I had decided they were the same person. P.D. was one of Seuss' proteges.
Five Silly Monkeys by Steve Haskamp is a slight spin-off of the original. The pictures are cute and little ones like to touch the little plastic monkey heads. Fisch loves this rhyme and ALWAYS acts it out by jumping from the coffee table onto the couch! This was a really great shower gift, it came in a little set of 3 with a book about sheep and one about ladybugs - all good counting books. (BTW we don't have the hand puppet shown in the picture above - but it sure looks like fun!)

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