Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Peek at our Bookshelf

Frog Medicine by Mark Teague is about a little boy named Elmo, who is stuck doing a book report on a book called Frog Medicine.  He is positive that the book cannot be any good and puts off his report.  On the morning it is due, he is suddenly enveloped in a Frog world.  This is a great book about procrastination and doing things we don't want to do.  Both boys really enjoyed this one, and have asked for it again after our initial reading.

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift was another new find.  I recognized the title from the Five in a Row book list, which is one of my go-to children's book lists as I try to build up our personal library.  Although Emory actually chose the book, he lost interest quickly, but Elliott was intrigued.  The sweet little lighthouse is so proud of his job, until that great gray bridge is built.  It tells the story of how small things can be just as helpful and important as their larger counterparts. It's based on a true story, and the illustrations are simple and lovely!

I'm sure you know that Meet the Incredible Hulk by Michi Fujimoto was not one of mom's choices.  However, I find that letting the boys indulge in these types of "twaddle" books occasionally makes them much more receptive to good books.

Perky Pelican: A Tale of a Lively Bird by Suzanne Tate is part of her nature series that seems to focus on animals around her Outer Banks home.  This book tells the story of Perky starting as an egg, who must learn to fly and catch fish so he can take care of himself.  A cute story, especially if you want a simple way to enhance nature study if you'll be visiting an area inhabited by pelicans. 

Please Try to Remember the First of Octember!by Dr. Seuss, written as Theo. Lesieg.  I have mixed feelings on many Dr. Seuss books.  This is one of those books.  I had never read it before, and as I was reading it, I could appreciate the "Yeah, you'll get everything you want...when pigs fly!" attitude.  However, I think that humor goes right over the heads of little ones, and I felt like I was saying it's okay to want, want, want.  I don't want my children always wanting materialistic things.  Luckily, neither of the boys were really interested in this book.

We are still reading Stuart Little by E.B. White.  We're only reading 1-2 chapters each week, as I am trying Charlotte Mason's method of slowly reading through books and savoring them!

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  1. Mark Teague's name sounded familiar and I discovered that he illustrated two of our books about dinosaurs! I'll look for Frog Medicine - my oldest was tied to a particular frog book in preschool - maybe my younger two will follow suit! The Perky Pelican looks cute - I only wish we were taking our vacation back in the OBX :) Can you believe I never read Stuart Little? We have it but we haven't read it aloud...yet!

    1. I think it was Mark Teague's name that drew me to Frog Medicine in the first place. I didn't realize until afterwards that he was the author of our beloved "How Do Dinosaurs..." books!

      I had never read Stuart Little either, but the good thing about having boys is that I will probably experience a whole new set of favorites!

    2. Oops, not author...illustrator! No sleep last night! :)

  2. I just added "Little Red Lighthouse..." to my library request list...that one looks really good -- I had not heard of it before.

  3. We read some of the books you mentioned but Susan Tate is a new name to me, and the book sounds like something my non-fiction-loving daughter will like. Thanks for joining WMCIR!