You know, I just love Read Aloud Thursday. Lately I’ve had a hard time finding time to visit each and every entry, but I try. I have learned about some great books thanks to this fun little meme. (Is that what it is? I’m never quite sure if it’s a meme or a carnival or a . . . whatever.) Since school has started, I love it for an entirely different reason: I love it because it forces encourages me to pick up books to read to the girls just for fun. This is important, for me and for them.
This first book is one I’d categorize as a serendipitous find. It just so happened that last week we witnessed the “birth” of several Painted Lady butterflies in our very own butterfly house, so how could I have possibly left the library without checking out Eve Bunting‘s Butterfly House? Eve Bunting doesn’t really need an introduction, but in case someone out there is unfamiliar with her, I’ve highlighted a few of her books here, here , here, and here. Butterfly House was perfect for us because it very closely mirrored our own experience. In this book, a girl and her grandfather raise a Painted Lady butterfly from its larval state as a caterpillar to a full grown butterfly. Throughout the story, the grandfather recounts his own similar experience when he was a boy. It’s a sweet story that not only details the life cycle of a butterfly, but it also depicts a sweet relationship between a granddaughter and her grandfather. If you’re raising butterflies, this is a must-read!
Something about I Lost My Tooth in Africa really got me. I think it’s the fact that it is written and illustrated by a daughter and her father. For some reason, that just touched my heart. I Lost My Tooth in Africa is about a little girl who travels with her family to Mali to visit her father’s family. While there, she loses a tooth and gets to experience the African version of the Tooth Fairy. She places her tooth under a gourd and returns later to find her tooth replaced by a hen and a rooster! However, there’s so much more to this story that that–this story includes a lot about the culture of Mali and would make an excellent addition to any study of Africa. It was written by Penda Diakité, who was about fourteen at the time. She wrote the story about her little sister’s real experience in Africa, and her father, Baba Wagué Diakité illustrated it. Isn’t that something? Our resident tooth-loser here at the House of Hope (as well as her younger sister, who really wants to lose a tooth) loves this one!
This last one comes as a surprise even to me. I picked up I’m Mighty at the library thinking that I need to start acquainting myself with some “boy books.” (I know this is not PC, but it’s my blog, so I can say that if I want! 😉 ) Actually, I vaguely remember that my nephews, who are now 10 and 11 years old, really loved I Stink!, a similar title by Kate and Jim McMullan, so I took that as all the recommendation I needed. It turns out that I LOVED this book. It’s the story of a mighty little tugboat who knows how to get the job done. Lulu was not convinced that this is a book she should like, but Louise liked it as much as I did. It’s just a fun, bright, graphic story with lots of onomatopoeia (read: toots, honks, and the revving of engines) and a great can-do attitude. I think I’ve found my go-to gift for the little boys in my life! (Oh, and check out the adorable t-shirts with Jim McMullan’s terrific illustrations emblazoned on the front! I think the DLM might need the “I Stink!” one!) Visit the author’s website to learn more about her and her prolific career as a writer.
I’m back in the saddle, folks. After a rather discombobulating week last week, I’m back to reading for fun and for school. (Just don’t tell my girls that this is often one and the same!) What about your family? What are you making time for now that summer is drawing to a close? Leave your link below or tell us all about it in the comments!
Have a wonderful Read Aloud Thursday!