Hold onto your hats, folks–this is going to be a jumbled up, miscellaneous, here-and-there post. 🙂 (What, you say? What’s unusual about that? I hear you.)
It will start out and end up as a Kids’ Picks post, though. 🙂
Regular readers here at Hope Is the Word might remember that a few months ago, Carrie sent me a delightful package in anticipation of the DLM’s arrival. (Speaking of the DLM, he’s currently sleeping in my arms while I type this one-handed. Typos are forgiven in such circumstances, right?) Included in this package was a book I fondly remember from my chilhood: The Five Chinese Brothers. As Carrie points out in her own review, this book has landed on the bad books list for some people. (Who knew?) That didn’t keep me from loving it, or my girls from loving it! This is a book that has migrated from the school room to the coffee table, and this past week the girls have requested that it be read aloud several times. Lulu has even taken to reading it aloud to Louise herself this week! 🙂 We’ve even itroduced it it to the newest member of our household:
The popularity of this book around the House of Hope might also explain the girls’ sudden and amazing acquisition of fluency in the Chinese language. I’ve heard them speak it on a number of occasions–at least that’s what they said. I’m not even familiar enough with it to recognize it. Oh, and Louise can write Chinese! In one of the many books she has authored (“writing books” is her favorite quiet rest time activity), she informed me that some of the writing was cursive, and some if it, indeed, was Chinese. This said so off the cuff, so nonchalantly. Hmmm.
All of this talk of China and Chinese reminds me that I never shared the lovely little package I recieved from Jimmie in China (who’s currently in the U.S., actually) after entering her Chinese New Year contest. I went to the post office in late March and found this package in my box:
Seeing stamps from any place outside the U.S. always gives me a thrill. It reminds me of my childhood and teenage years when I had lots of penpals.
Of course, the contents of the package were the real prize:
When I think back over the school year, we did read quite a few books that pertain to China in one way or another (which you can read about here and here), so maybe all of it did rub off on Louise–maybe she really is bilingual now! 😉
I promised at the beginning of this post that I would eventually get back around to a Kids’ Pick, and here we are. I’ve mentioned several times in the past how thrilled I am at Lulu’s progress in reading. I’ve also mentioned recently that one of her favorite series (and Lulu’s, too) is the Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant. Well, this weekend she took it to a whole new level. She and Louise both often choose books as their “go along” entertainment when we take a trip (short or long) in the van. Her book of choice on this day at the end of last week was Mr. Putter and Tabby Catch the Cold, and she read it silently to herself. Well, silently might be a bit of a stretch–she read it aloud by whispering it to herself. But that is progress, and we’ll take it! I even have photographic proof!
I love that my girls have favorites and very decided preferences in their reading materials. I love that they’ve been exposed to enough to know what they prefer. 🙂 This makes me very happy.
To read about other kids’ preferences, visit today’s Kids’ Pick post at 5 Minutes for Books!