We were on vacation last week in Colorado Springs. What a beautiful location! I brought lots of books with me but we ended up being busier than I thought we would. Need to do some catch up reading during the month of July. Not only will I be doing #bookaday but I also joined #summerthrowdown too to help encourage me to read read read! If you haven't heard about #summerthrowdown, check HERE
We got home from vacation on Saturday so I had a little time (between loads of vacation laundry!) to read some picture books on Sunday!
A Piece of Cake by LeUyen Pham
This one really surprised me. Mouse makes a cake for Little Bird's birthday and runs out of all ingredients to make more cake. Along the way of delivering the cake to Little Bird, Mouse shares a little piece of it with other animals in exchange for something a little unexpected. For example, when Mouse sees Cow, who has bottles and bottles of milk by her, instead of Cow giving Mouse a bottle of milk, she gives her a flyswatter! Quite strange. On the way back to Mouse's house, Mouse and Little Bird encounter all of the animals again, but this time they each have a problem. Little Bird helps solve the problem with all of the things Mouse has collected, but not with the item you think she would use. This book would be terrific to use to teach problem/solution. You could also discuss how not all solutions have to be ones you typically think of - think out of the box!
Urgency Emergency! Itsy Bitsy Spider by Dosh Archer
4/5 stars I'm grateful for the Cybil Awards for introducing me to this series. Very cute take on different nursery rhyme/fairy tale characters. Young readers will really enjoy the silly jokes in this fun series.
The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water by Gemma Merino
Made me laugh! Who ever heard of a crocodile who didn't like water? There may be a reason for that...
The Numberlys by William Joyce
I liked this one more than I thought! Fantastic illustrations, starting in sepia, but moving to colored. You also have to hold the book on its side - reminded me of Parrots Over Puerto Rico. First page reads, "Once upon a time there was no alphabet. Only numbers." I immediately said noooooooooo! (I'm not a numbers person). This book teaches kids to try new things, think differently. What else can you come up with?
Babymouse the Musical by Jennifer and Matthew Holm
LOVED the musical references - made me want to sing! Favorite Babymouse so far!
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
This book took me awhile to get into. I was relatively fresh off Absolutely Almost which just took my breath away. I think it would be hard to start any book after that one! But I eventually got into Sage's story and rooted for him until I wanted to reach into the book and pluck him and Imogen out to help them! I loved the twist - it's one I thought in my head, "that would be cool if that happened", but not really thinking much more than that. I look forward to reading the next 2 in the trilogy. One of my goals this summer is to read some series that I've missed and this is a great one to start! This was also one of my #mustreadin2014 books!
Read with my ears
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
I adored this book when I read it the first time in 2012. I remember that there were some specific reasons that I was not going to recommend it for my school, but other than the book containing the word "bastardization", I couldn't remember why I didn't think it was ok for 4th grade (our highest grade level). We listened to this in the car on our road trip, and there were a couple of times that I cringed that my 8yo was listening to it. There were a couple of other words, just words not appropriate for younger readers, that were rather unnecessary for the story. I think that Colfer is a terrific actor and singer, and now we know he can craft a beautifully written story, but I wish someone had helped him change a few things that were a little too adult-like. I still really enjoyed listening to the story - so many fairy tale characters and I loved how the story came together in the end. I'm thrilled this story continues. I'm also excited because for the third installment, my daughter and I are going to meet Chris Colfer and have our book signed by him!
A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
One of my goals this summer is to read some Newbery and Honor books. This was my first! Beautiful story, but sad. I wasn't prepared for it, nor was I prepared for some of the mature content - the characters walk in on 2 adult characters in a romantic situation and there is a suicide. My 8yo was also listening to this one with me... I'm hoping some of it went over her head - I like keeping her innocence for a little longer! I would recommend this book for an older audience, 5th gr and above. I can see why it won the Newbery Honor, it was beautifully written and had so many layers to peel away, between the story and the characters. Much to discuss!
Book for me
The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand
Summer reading is synomynous with reading Elin Hilderbrand books. I enjoy the Nantucket setting in her books and all are quick reads for me. This one dealt with illness and adultery. Not fun summer topics.
I feel like there is a big difference between adult books dealing with death and illness and children's literature dealing with the same topic. I feel like most children's books deal with those topics and reach your heart and make you think. They are more poignant. Adult books are just sad. What do you think?
I'm getting ready for nErDcampMI next week so I am reading a couple of books whose authors will be there:
How to Ourtun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied by Jess Keating
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
after those I'll get back to:
The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
Busy busy :)