Archive for January 2014

Lately We’ve Been Reading…

Despite the frigid temperatures here, we have still been venturing outside to the library and to story time at the local book store. Here are some of our favorites!

 

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes is a fun story about a little kitten who thinks the moon is a dish of milk. Try as the kitten might, she just can’t reach it! This one had Curly giggling at the silly kitten.

 

Adele & Simon by Barbara McClintock was a favorite for me. Adele is tasked with making sure her brother Simon doesn’t lose all his stuff on the way home. Poor Simon is terribly absentminded and drops all his stuff along the way, never remembering where he left it. This book has greatly detailed illustrations, which lent very well to this book actually being a search and find book! Throughout the story, you are ( of course) looking for all of Simon’s lost items.  My daughter loves search and find books, and this one is so unique I had to share.

 

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker is an absolutely adorable alphabet book! The story is told by peas, and for each letter they demonstrate what each letter can stand for. For example, for the letter A they say ” We are peas – alphabet peas! We work and play in the ABCs. We’re acrobats, artists, and astronauts in space.”  Spread across the page you see little peas jumping through hoops, painting pictures, and taking off in a rocket ship. We loved this one!

 

Teeth, Tails, & Tentacles: An Animal Counting Book by Christopher Wormell was a surprise favorite for me. It’s very simple, with pages like “1 – Rhinoceros Horn” followed by a picture of a rhino’s head; “2 – Camel Humps” followed by a picture of a camel, etc. There were two things for me that made it a favorite; the gorgeous illustrations, and the fact that this book counts up to 20. Curly is still confused by the -teen numbers so it was nice to have a book that went all the way up there.

 

Actual Size by Steve Jenkins was another surprise favorite. You can guess what it is – pictures of animals or parts of animals drawn to size. We both had a lot of interest in this one – it’s one thing to hear about a frog that weighs 7 pounds, and quite another to see a foldout picture of one! It’s quite large. It even eats small mammals! Let’s just say if I was swimming and ran into one of those I might just have post traumatic stress… In the back of the book it has information about each animal that was pictured. This is a book that will be nice to look at way into elementary school.

 

Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale From the Andes Mountains by Barbara Knutson is really fun, mainly because the protagonist is a guinea pig who keeps outsmarting a (not so wily) fox. The guinea pig and the fox seem to switch the normal personas in the book. The guinea pig is witty and inventive, whereas the fox is, you know, a bit slow. The fox keeps trying to eat the guinea pig, and the guinea pig manages use his ingenuity to escape every time, and always at the expense of the fox.

 

Clara and Asha by Eric Rohmann is an extremely beautifully illustrated book about friendship. As you may guess, Asha the giant koi is an imaginary friend, so their adventures are imaginary as well. As you probably may know by now, I’m a sucker for awesome illustrations!

Happy reading! Leave a comment if there’s anything you’d like to recommend to us to read!