Friday, February 9, 2018

The RAHK Report for 2/9/18

Here's the list of books that have been popular with my kids this week.

  • The Happy Little Family by Rebecca Caudill
    We finally finished The Wonderful Farm (review coming soon!) and now we're reading The Happy Little Family, which I borrowed digitally from Open Library. Little Miss Muffet (4 years, 2 months) loves the main character, Bonnie, because they are both four years old. Bo Peep (age 2 years, 4 months) mostly interrupts each chapter after a few pages to announce she would rather go play. But it's a quick read, and we only have one chapter left before we can move onto something Bo Peep might enjoy more.
  • A Drop of Blood by Paul Showers, illustrated by Don Madden
    Miss Muffet has been asking a lot of questions about health and the human body. A few questions about blood over dinner one night encouraged me to take out this book. We read it together, taking turns reading two pages at a time. I thought it was a great introduction to information about how blood is pumped, and how cuts and scrapes heal. Miss Muffet was fascinated, and we followed our reading with a SciShow Kids video on the same topic.
  • The Valentine Box by Maud Hart Lovelace, illustrated by Ingrid Fetz
    I borrowed this from Open Library because it was by the author of the Betsy-Tacy books. We don't own many preschool-friendly Valentine's Day books, so I decided to also share it with Miss Muffet. My review on Goodreads sums up our fairly apathetic reactions.
  • Love is in the Air by Jonathan Fenske
    This is not a Valentine's Day book, but it is s about love, so I decided this was a good time of the year to read it. I remember loving it when I first read and reviewed it back in 2012, but Miss Muffet didn't seem to enjoy it as much as I did. I think part of the reason is that it was too easy for her, and part of the reason was that she didn't relate to the concept of friends wanting to be together and finding it difficult. 
  • George the Drummer Boy by Nathaniel Benchley, illustrated by Don Bolognese
    Miss Muffet also read this book independently as a follow-up to Sam the Minuteman. She called this one "another shooting soldiers book" and then asked a hundred questions about troops, battles, fighting, etc. My husband satisfied her curiosity with some American Revolution reenactment videos on YouTube.

  • I'm a Duck by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
    I received review copies from Candlewick this week! This one, a rhyming story by Eve Bunting about a duck who is afraid of the water, was the favorite of both Miss Muffet and Bo Peep. Miss Muffet said she liked the last page best, and the duck himself, while Bo Peep cited the supporting characters of the frog and the owl as her favorite parts of the book. Jumping Joan (3.5 months) also smiled happily through the whole story. 
  • The Tiptoeing Tiger by Philippa Leathers
    Of the two older girls, Bo Peep was the bigger fan of this story about a little tiger who just can't seem to scare anyone. Miss Muffet seemed puzzled by the ending, which has a bit of a humorous twist, but Bo Peep took it in stride. Neither of them asked to hear this read a second time, but Bo Peep did haul it around the house and stop to look at it between making messes.
  • Black Bird Yellow Sun by Steve Light
    This is a board book about colors. We probably have enough of these, but this one has such eye-catching illustrations and Jumping Joan, who has few books of her own, now gets to enjoy it during tummy time. She looks very intently at the illustrations, and the big girls like it because Miss Muffet can read the words and Bo Peep can guess at them based on the pictures. 

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