Did today sneak up on all of y’all like it did me? Well, we’re here, so all is well. We’ve been reading a lot here at the House of Hope, as is our custom, but I haven’t been sharing much because of that little thing called time–as in, I run out of it way before I’m through with things that are higher up on my priority list than blogging. I do so love sharing things we’re doing and what we’re reading, so I keep on, even if I’m not blogging as frequently as I used to be able to. Thank you all for sticking with me!
First I want to highlight a short stack of books my boys and I have been enjoying over the past week.
Do you check out board books from your library? It’s something I’ve really just started doing. When my girls were little, I was in the board book acquisition phase of parenting, so I never felt like I needed any from the library. (Translation: I bought new ones pretty often. 😉 ) Now that I’m on my second set of board book consumers, my boys, I have cut way back on purchasing them, yet I need a few new ones occasionally to liven things up. Library board books for the win! Diggers Go by Steve Light is one that I might just have to purchase anyway. His Trucks Go is a favorite around these parts, and this one is identical to it, only instead of being trucks it’s heavy equipment. Each two page spread is of some sort of machine (jackhammer, forklift, front loader, etc.) and the noise it makes. What’s more fun than saying loudly with your five and two year olds the noise that a wrecking ball (which is impressively tall–imagine the book turned on its side) makes: “BOOOOOOOOOM!“? Not much, at least in my book. We give this one, as well as yet another of Steve Light’s books we’ve enjoyed, a Highly Recommended. (Chronicle, 2013)
We have a new favorite tractor, and his name is Otis. Ok, that’s not completely true–we’re pretty fond of Papaw’s and Uncle Jimmie’s IRL tractors that we occasionally get to ride. However, when it’s bedtime and you’re looking
for an appealing story, look no further. Loren Long‘s Otis is a friendly tractor who faces a problem in both of his stories we’ve enjoyed thus far. In Otis the friendly little tractor is replaced by a big, shiny, yellow tractor and is feeling pretty bummed out until he befriends a calf in the barn. Otis comes out the hero in this story when he rescues the calf from Mud Pond. Otis and the Tornado involves a scary tornado and a really big bull, and again, Otis comes out the hero. A tractor, a tornado, and a bull–this is the stuff my five year old boy’s dreams (and nightmares) are made of. We’re looking forward to reading more of Otis. (Philomel, 2009, 2011)
The Magic Raincoat by Ryan David is a book that surprised me. I pulled it out to read to Benny before naptime yesterday and was immediately pulled into this fun story about a little girl named Emily and her orange raincoat. Disappointed that the raincoat isn’t her preferred yellow, Emily soon discovers that her raincoat is magic. While wearing it, she gets whatever she wishes aloud: her brother turns into a dog, she gets a million dollars, she’s visited by a purple gorilla, and so on. All of that seems good to Emily until she wishes her dad were at home and he loses his job; then she realizes maybe it’s better to not get what you wish for. The story is resolved with a funny little twist that the DLM (age five) enjoyed. The storyline is better suited to ages five and up, but the emphasis on different colors that are mentioned in the text and represented visually throughout the story are appealing to even my two year old. There’s a lot going on in this story. Sibylla Benatova’s illustrations are very unusual and add interest. (Front Street, 2009)
My girls and I (with the boys listening in) finished By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman last week, and I shared my thoughts about it here. We’re currently reading Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, and we’re still making our way through Laddie by Gene Stratton-Porter. We’re greatly enjoying both! I’m considering tackling something daunting next–like maybe a bonafide classic or a long series–but I’m not sure what. I’m still mulling it over.
What has your family enjoyed this month? Please share in the comments by leaving a link to your own blog post or simple share in the comments.
Have a terrific Read Aloud Thursday!