I don’t know how many of you were expecting Read Aloud Thursday today due to what I’m expecting, but as I’m writing this midmorning on Wednesday, nothing’s happening. Since I have to fill my time with something (and honestly, I’m getting pretty antsy), what better way to fill a few minutes than to think about good books? We’re still plugging along in The Secret Garden, so much of our read-aloud time has been spent there and on getting ready for baby brother, but we have enjoyed a few other picture books, too.
I’ve mentioned the author Joan Sweeney before, but I have to give her another plug for her book Me and the Measure of Things. It’s a part of a little series of books, and I’m guessing each of these would be appropriate for older pre-schoolers up through early elementary. Actually, Me and the Measure of Things would be good for almost anyone who needs the relationship between teaspoons/tablespoons/cups, pints/quarts/gallons, pints/quarts/pecks, etc. explained again, but the illustrations might be a little off-putting for high school students. 😉 This book is information dense, but it includes very bright illustrative pictures and has important words in bold-face, so it is easy to look at and digest, despite its density. I picked it up because we had been working on measurements in Lulu’s math curriculum, and I thought this would make a nice bookend for it. The girls enjoyed it.
Cynthia Rylant’s Mr. Putter and Tabby series is another I’ve mentioned before, but it bears repeating. Always before the girls have listened to these in audiobook format, but on our last library run, I picked up one of the books with the hope that Lulu would read it herself. And she did! Actually, we read it aloud together, alternating pages. This is a beginning chapter book about the gentle Mr. Putter and his cat, Tabby. In this particular story, they (obviously) decide to paint their porch, but due to several mishaps involving animals, they have to do it again and again and again. This one elicited lots of giggles from my girls, and it wasn’t the first time they had heard it. Cynthia Rylant is a very prolific author (I’ve written about her here and here myself, in addition to the link above), and I doubt you could go wrong with any of her books.
The last book for today is one that likely won’t come as anything new to most of you, but we’re actually a little behind-the-times here at the House of Hope. We had supper with my good friend Wanda and her family on Monday night, and she (of course!) had a gift for the DLM all ready (which I simply must post a picture of–later!), and because she is both a wise and kind woman, she included a gift for the girls, too. Both of them received books, and Louise’s pick was If Only I Had a Green Nose by Max Lucado. This is one of Lucado’s Punchinello and the Wemmicks tales, which are allegories of humankind’s relationship with God, their Father. This particular book deals with the issue of fitting in and changing one’s appearance in order to do so. Again, the message is completely allegorical, so it doesn’t seem heavy-handed. I would recommend any of Lucado’s books for children. We all enjoyed this one. Of course, Wanda is known for her good taste in books! 🙂 (You can actually see pages from If Only I Had a Green Nose here.)
What is your family reading together these days? I’d love to know! Leave a link to your blog post below, or simply leave a comment. This linky will be open until Wednesday night, June 2.