Yes, folks, I’m still here. I’m in the end-of-pregnancy slump that hits me pretty hard at this point in the game, so my motivation has been zilch. Nesting? What’s that? I’ve honestly NEVER felt the urge to clean the floors in my house with a toothbrush, no matter what state of gestating I’ve been in. The same goes for almost anything, including blogging, that requires much thought or effort. Blech. But, as one gentleman at church reminds me every time he sees me, “I’ll be okay once the swelling goes down.” 😉
We have been reading, though, and that’s a good thing.
After reading Janet’s Read Aloud Thursday post a few weeks ago, I went to the library determined to bring home Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier. What I found instead was Peter Spier’s Circus! While I’m by no means implying that a circus compares in any way to Noah’s big boat, this particular find was very timely for us since the girls had been to the circus just a week or so before. This book is a visual delight! It’s really not so much about the story as it is the pictures and the people and animals who make up the circus. What we came away from this book with is the idea that putting on a circus is a task that requires lots of help and cooperation, and at least in this story, the help comes from all around the world. This is one of those books to just sit and soak up.
I couldn’t resist sharing a few pictures from our girls’ night at the circus. These pictures come courtesy of Steady Eddie who braved the big top with the girls (and the help of his mom).
Another timely book we read this past week is Cousin Ruth’s Tooth by Amy MacDonald. It’s timely not because we have anyone in our house who actually has a loose tooth, but we sure have someone who (thinks) she wishes she had one! (She’s on the cusp of her sixth birthday, and she is brimming over with the possibilities of this new age. 🙂 )Cousin Ruth’s Tooth is the delightful story of Ruth, a little girl who loses a tooth. The problem is that the adults in her life think she has literally lost her tooth. It’s a fun play on words. The story is written entirely in rhyme, and it uses quite a sophisticated vocabulary. Witness this:
“Cousin Ruth has
lost a tooth! O,
careless youth! It’s too absurd!”
Marjorie Priceman’s illustrations are a perfect fit for this story. They’re free-flowing, with some of the pictures actually spilling off the page. They really lend themselves to the frantic feeling of the story. This is a fun one for the loose-tooth crowd!
This last story is one that came as a surprise to me. Every once in a while, I’ll read a picture book that teaches me something, and this one certainly did. Flood Fish by Robyn Eversole is a gentle story about an Australian drought that finally ends. When the rain comes, so do the fish! The text is sparse, and it’s written from the point of view of a little boy who presents his own and others’ ideas about where the fish (fully grown in a matter of days after the rain) come from. The author’s note at the end of the story fills in the details: the setting is the Finke River in the Australian outback, and the appearance of these adult fish so soon after the coming of the seasonal rain puzzles even the scientists. This is a great one to reawaken a wonder of nature, and it would fit nicely with a study of Australia, or of fish, or of types of bodies of water, etc. This was definitely a serendipitous find!
I’m beginning to wonder if it’s time for us to return all our library books and draw from our own ample shelves here at home for a while. I don’t know. I just hate to be stuck with a huge amount of borrowed books when we’re distracted by our new arrival. We’ll see. One thing’s for certain, though–we’ll keep on reading! 🙂
What has you and your family been reading these days? Please share a link to your blog post below, or simply leave a comment! Remember, this MckLinky list will be open all week, so even if you’re not ready today, you can come back until next Wednesday evening and leave a link!
Have a blessed Read Aloud Thursday!