This months the books came randomly. Neither girls has any special interest (except for birds in E’s case) so we just picked books from the big book box.
Colour coding: E.’s favourite, L.’s favourite, Both loved it
E (5y 10m)
Travels of Dr. Dolittle
Is there anyone who doesn’t like the vet who speaks the language of animals? We read it about 5 times. E loves animals in general, but she always has a favourite group. In this book her favourite one was pushmi pullyu, the two-headed lama-like creature that was presented to Dr Dolittle for healing the monkeys. A fascinating classic.
The smartest giant in town by Julia Donaldson
This book about kindness and selflessness. The giant on his way home gives away his smart new clothes to animals who need them more. Another message: be yourself, don’t try to be someone who you’re not. Little L enjoyed it more than E but didn’t become a favourite.
George’s marvellous medicine by Roald Dahl
This was E.’s very favourite book this months. The story is about a boy who makes new medication for his unbearably overbearing and pompous grandmother. The medicine has a funny result, which makes George’s father really excited. We started a wow words! notebook with E. Whenever we came across a word, which was unfamiliar for her (and, to be honest, for me too sometimes) we jotted it down in this notebook with a synonym or a drawing.
Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson
Another book about what if you don’t fit in. I’m afraid the illustrations are not the best, still the story is great. A duckbill (vegetarian) dino was accidentally born into a T-rex family, where he is criticised a lot with great disappointment. But when he realises that he can swim, he runs away from them (kind of a strange and scary solution, not a very good message for kids as for problem-solving – my opinion only) and joins a herd of duckbill dinos. What’s more, he becomes a hero, but you need to read it to know why. My kids enjoyed it but weren’t crazy about it. I guess it’s the illustrations.
Wash Scrub Brush by Mick Manning and Brita Granström
Now this one was read out 20 times… minimum. Children are getting ready for a birthday party and need to clean themselves: cut finger nails, wash hair, clean ears, go to the toilet and wash hands. L. was fascinated by the baby with her “poopy nappy”. E liked the idea that animals clean themselves like birds preen (!new word!), special birds clean the wax out of zebras, or big fish let little fish clean their teeth without eating them. I could read it in 2 versions: a shorter version for L without the extra info about the animals, and a longer version for E. with the extras. At the end of the book there’s a glossary of useful words explained.
L. (2y 3 m)
Little Red Riding Hood by Tony Mitton
A classic story in a new way. There are very few words in this story, you can decide how much more you say through the story-telling. At the end the wolf just closes up grandma and doesn’t eat her. When Little Red Riding Hood comes, she is not eaten up by the wolf either as the lumberjack stops him. They eat pretty cakes at the very end. It’s kind of strange for me but for Little L. it was more soothing since she was scared of the wolf. E. knew the story doesn’t end like this. Anyway, in this way we had a chance to talk about it in more details.
Come on Everybody, time to play! By Nigel Gray
A picture book for little children. A little girl is searching for others to play with on Sunday morning. She is looking everywhere (bathroom, kitchen, playroom etc) and finds dogs and cats and her brothers. In the end they all end up in the parents’ bed. There are some flaps to flip but not on all pages. It’s a cute book but my kids weren’t so impressed.
Teddy hunt (Marks&Spencer)
Again a book for the really young. A little boy wants to go for a picnic and is looking for his Teddy. The child can lift the flaps as the rhyming story goes on and on, as the boy is looking everywhere. Finally he finds his Teddy in the picnic basket. The touchy-feely last page adds an extra on the last page. (My kids started to fight over who should open the picnic basket and pat the teddy.)
Where’s my egg? by Tony Mitton
A cute little story about Mother Hen who can’t find her egg. She is checking everywhere, at the farm animals. Finally she finds the egg, more precisely her hatched chick. Little L. loved the story, the animals and the feelings (mother Hen is really sad through the story, so much she starts to cry, but she cheers up when she meets her little chick)
Red Fire Engine
I thought it would be a bigger hit, but Little L is not a baby any more. She still likes pushing buttons, but she is more interested in stories and clearly this book doesn’t have much of a story. This is more for kids under 2.
Look what I’ve found by Nick Sharratt
We love this series of A Flip-flap book, by Walker Books. In this one a little girl is exploring the beach with her Dad and finds interesting things. My kids’ favourite part is when she finds the ice-cream place.
The girls also asked to read some older books like Noah’s Ark by Lucy Cousins, Pooh! Is that you Birtie? by David Roberts, or Chocolate Moose for greedy Goose by Julia Donaldson. (You can read a short review and my kids’ opinion about the books on the links)
We also read some Easter books but I’ll write about them in a separate post.