Friday, November 5, 2010

Books We've Enjoyed This Week

I am so excited to finally begin reading some chapter books with Anna.  I am working to train her attention.  Some of the pages have a simple picture on them and some pages have no pictures.  She's able to follow the story over a course of a few nights (a week or so) and enjoy it. 

1.  Mouse Tales
by Arnold Lobel.
61 pages.  1978 Harper & Row

"Seven bedtime stories told by Papa Mouse to his seven sons. Lively little drawings add to the humor. Seven mouse boys lie awake one night, and they ask their Papa to tell them a story. Papa does better than that-he tells them seven stories, one for each boy."

This was a cute book.  We read it in two sittings and Anna quite enjoyed it. 

2.  Frog and Toad are Friends
by Arnold Lobel
64 pages.  1979

"Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends - Frog and Toad"

Cute stories.  The friendship reminded me a lot of the George and Martha books.

3.  The Name of the Tree
A Bantu Tale retold by Celia Barker Lottridge
36 pages.  1990.

"When the other animals fail at the task, the slow but wise turtle finds a way to obtain the bountiful fruits of a magic tree."
Anna is fascinated with trees.  Her "tree books" are her special things that she doesn't have to share.  She quite enjoyed this tale.  Beautiful book.

by Salley Mavor
72 pages.  2010
The stunning thing about this book is the remarkable illustrations!  The text is classic nursery rhymes (good in themselves).  The illustrations are these amazingly detailed fabric and cloth embroidered and sewn scenes.  It's a gorgeous book. 

These are the stories that were a hit in out house this week.

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